Xu Zhiyong: Activist speaks from Chinese jail

On 08/08/2013 by Site Default

Jailed Chinese civil rights campaigner Xu Zhiyong has spoken out in a video message from his prison cell.

Seen handcuffed and behind bars, Mr Xu urges his compatriots to unite in pursuing democratic freedoms.

No matter how “absurd” society is, he said, “this country needs brave citizens who can stand up and hold fast to their convictions,”

The legal activist was detained last month, accused of having “gathered crowds to disrupt public order”.

A friend of his told the AP news agency that the video was shot by one of Mr Xu’s lawyers on 1 August.

Mr Xu, seen as a moderate among Chinese rights advocates, said he was willing to “sacrifice anything” for “freedom, public good and faith,” in the video by the Wall Street Journal



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