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26 Dec 2018 | 11:02 AM UTC

China: Heavy security in Tianjin over trial of prominent rights lawyer Dec. 26

China News Alert

Tianjin court under virtual lockdown on December 26 over trial of prominent rights lawyer; significant police presence

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/26/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/26/2018, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION China

Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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