Chinese human rights activist sentenced 8 years in prison

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As per the recent reports, Chinese human rights activist was allegedly sentenced eight years in prison for subversion on Tuesday.

The trial reportedly began on August 14 at People’s Court Number Two in Tianjin city, where, Chinese human rights activist and blogger, Wu Gan was found guilty of “inciting subversion of state power”.

It was learned that on Tuesday, the police banned the entry of journalists into the area as soon as the case begins in the court for trial.

The official summary of the verdict reads, The court in Tianjin, a port city near Beijing, where Mr. Wu was tried and convicted, said that he had “used ‘rights defense’ and ‘performance art’ as a ploy” to “seriously harm national security and social stability”.

Wu, playing on well-known phrases Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a statement, “I will remain true to our original aspiration, roll up my sleeves and make an extra effort”.

The activist was arrested in May 2015, while he was protesting in Nanchang.

Wu Gan became known among rights advocates and lawyers for helping organize boisterous protests outside courthouses and government offices to support defendants who accused officials of abusing their power.

The court said in its statement, “For a long time, Wu Gan used the internet to disseminate voluminous statements attacking state power and the constitutionally established state order, and he promoted the idea of ‘toppling the wall’ through subversion of state power”.

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