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12:00 AM, September 10, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 10, 2011

Veteran rights activist jailed in China

Chinese veteran rights activist and doctor Wang Lihong was sentenced yesterday to nine months in jail for "creating a disturbance", as part of what campaigners say is a broad crackdown on dissent.
The 55-year-old, a veteran of China's 1989 pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, plans to appeal the sentence in the next 10 days, her lawyer Han Yicun told AFP.
Wang was arrested in April, after online calls for Arab-style protests spooked authorities, prompting a widespread clampdown on dissent.
Rights groups say her detention was linked to her support for activists who used the Internet to call for Chinese citizens to join those planned protests, which never materialised.

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