The Chinese authorities have indicted a veteran dissident on subversion charges for writing a poem urging people to gather to defend their freedoms, his lawyer said yesterday.
The dissident, Zhu Yufu, is the latest activist facing such charges in a continuing clampdown. The 60-year-old, from Hangzhou, was arrested last April for "inciting subversion of state power", a charge often used against critics of the ruling Communist Party.
His lawyer, Li Dunyong, collected the indictment on Monday and met Mr Zhu, whom he described as being "in a good condition". No trial date has been set.
"The main reason for the indictment was a poem he had written calling for people to gather. He had written the poem around the same time there was chaos [in the Middle East]," Mr Li said. "He believes in the freedom of expression."
Mr Zhu's indictment comes after a court last month sentenced another veteran dissident, Chen Xi, to 10 years in jail for subversion. Another dissident, Chen Wei, was jailed in December for nine years on similar charges.Reuse content