China jails three 'civil disobedience' activists

China's Communist party does not tolerate anything it perceives as a potential threat to its rule, and dozens of activists have been imprisoned since President Xi Jinping took office two years agoA Chinese court sentenced three activists to prison on Friday for allegedly attempting to start a non-violent civil rights movement, family members and campaign groups said, the latest example of the Communist Party’s intensifying crackdown on dissent. Tang Jingling received a five-year sentence, while Yuan Xinting and Wang Qingying were given three-and-a-half and two-and-a-half-year terms respectively, Amnesty International said in a press release. The conviction for “inciting subversion of state power” was handed down by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court, the London-based group said.

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