Chinese Writer Arrested for Posts to the Internet

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Chinese writer Yang Tianshu was arraigned this week for posts which he made to the Internet. Yang Tianshu, just released in January 2005 following a Christmas Eve, 2004 detention for his writings, was arrested for “attempting to subvert state power” with his Internet writings. According to some reports, Tianshu has been back in custody since this past December, perhaps underscoring a Chinese penchant for arresting dissidents during Christmastime.

Tianshu’s writings were in support of a movement known as “Velvet Action of China”, which supports elections for a new democratic government.

According to Tianshu’s lawyer, Yang Tianshu “could go to prison for almost 15 years for posting essays considered ‘counter-revolutionary’ online.”

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