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Wednesday, March 01, 2006 

Taking Law Seriously

Early in February, I read somewhere that a civil rights lawyer in China has started a hunger strike to protest against the government's decision to terminate the license of a human rights lawyer.

Then a couple of days ago, the South China Morning Post reported that "Hunger strike to protest against crackdown widens." (Subscription required)

It turns out that to date, close to a thousand people from around 16 provincial cities have participated in the strike, according to a press release by Hong Kong lawyer and legislator Albert HO Chun-yan (何俊仁) who will go on a hunger strike today for 24 hours.

Many who went on strike were rounded-up by the police. But the strike continues to go on around the country as new protesters join in the relay.

With a potentially large looming crisis in the making, Ding Zilin has issued an open letter to Gao Zhisheng, calling him to halt the hunger strike movement. Kevin in Pudong has translated the letter into English.

News related to the hunger strike.

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