A prominent Chinese activist has been jailed for four years for “gathering a crowd to disturb public order”, according to the Beijing court’s website.
Xu Zhiyong has campaigned for children from rural areas to be educated and cities and for officials to disclose their assets. Hundreds have followed his “New Citizens’ Movement”, which argues for working within the system to press for change.
“This is a shameful but sadly predictable verdict. The Chinese authorities have once again opted for the rule of fear over the rule of law,” Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement.