Hot! Chinese Police Arrest Over 100 Lawyers for Alleged Human Rights Crimes

Over 100 lawyers and activists were arrested and/or questioned earlier this month by government officials in China, who claim that the attorneys are involved in criminal activity, reports the South China Morning Post.

Image Credit: Philip Jägenstedt (Flickr)

Image Credit: Philip Jägenstedt (Flickr)

Attorney’s at the Beijing Fengrui law firm are the main target for the arrests, with Chinese officials claiming they are in cahoots with a “major criminal gang” and are “seriously violating the law.”

China’s Ministry of Public Security released a statement accusing the lawyers of organizing over 40 events in the past three years that “severely disrupted public order.” They are suggesting that the law firm has done this to raise their public profile in order to raise client fees.

Blogger Jonathan Turley disagrees. He says:

“The authoritarian communist regime has offered preposterous excuses for the arrests but the message is clear: human rights will not be tolerated in the worker’s paradise that is China. Indeed, with pollution and corruption choking the life out of the public, the communist rulers still view human rights lawyers as the priority danger for the country.”

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