As of Wednesday, December 26, police forces in Tianjin locked down the local courthouse and its surroundings due to the start of the trial of a prominent rights lawyer accused of inciting subversion of state power. The Tianjin court is currently under virtual lockdown, cordoned off with metal barricades. Local residents, medias, foreign diplomates, and observers are forbidden from entering the building and being kept at a safe distance. Traffic disruption is likely in the vicinity of the courthouse.
Wang Quanzhang went missing in August 2015 during a sweeping crackdown on rights activists. He is charged with being influenced by "infiltrating anti-China forces » and of having subversive thoughts. His case has attracted widespread concern in Western capitals.
Individuals present in Tianjin are advised to avoid the courthouse perimeter, anticipate travel disruptions around the courthouse, and follow all instruction issued by local authorities.
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