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The Looming Shadow of the Case against Pu Zhiqiang
By Chang Ping, published: January 20, 2015

On January 11, the Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang spent his fiftieth birthday behind bars. No one knows what was going through the mind of this famous and very vocal lawyer and writer. However, many lawyers, legal scholars and journalists wished him a happy birthday on the Chinese Internet; one message was re-broadcast 2,300 times and drew 500 comments. It amounted to a mass protest, Chinese style.

Some well-known lawyers and legal scholars did not sidestep their anger about the government's crackdown on human rights lawyers. He Weifang, a law professor at Peking University, wrote: “The government is righting legal abuses with one hand and creating more with the other. There can be no greater folly or moral rot!”

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