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China claims human rights lawyers were part of 'criminal syndicate'

China claims human rights lawyers were part of 'criminal syndicate'

In the face of international condemnation for a mass roundup of human rights lawyers, China’s authorities have responded with what they claim is evidence of a “criminal syndicate” of rights activists and lawyers who purportedly galvanized public support for profit. China Central TV on Sunday broadcast what it billed as the confession of a hired-gun human rights activist who told authorities he had colluded with a Beijing law firm in fanning public sentiment on as many as 40 legal cases. State TV said the alleged conspiracy “grievously disrupted social order in the name of justice and public interest.” Between Friday and Monday evening, more than 100...

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