lørdag 10. juli 2021

China’s 709 Crackdown Is Still Going On

Starting from the early hours on July 9, 2015, police across China set out in teams to conduct a series of coordinated raids. Organized by the Ministry of Public Security, these police nabbed people from hotel rooms in the middle of the night. They shut off the electricityat the homes of their targets. They prevented people from boarding flights.

Who were the targets of these secretive actions? Drug lords? Corrupt officials? No: The targets were 300 human rights lawyers and activists associated with them. Many of these lawyers were some of the few in the country who dared to take on cases involving civil society, ethnic minorities, detained journalists, religious freedom, government misconduct, controversial business disputes, and other sensitive topics.