In a move anticipated by China watchers Chinese activist Guo Feixiong has been hit with a long jail term. Al Jazeera reported on Nov. 27, 2015, China has jailed Feixiong for six years. Two other Chinese activists Liu Yuandong and Sun Desheng were were sentenced at the same time to jail terms of three years and two-and-a-half years.
Feixiong is a prominent Chinese rights activist who was well known for organizing rallies for media freedom in China. A court in southern China sentenced him to six years imprisonment on Friday. This sentence has come amid a continuing harsh crackdown on human rights advocates across China.
There has been deep concern expressed among international human rights groups about a growing campaign by Chinese President Xi Jinping to crush dissent among journalists, academics and social activists. Feixiong had been accused of gathering crowds together in order to disturb social order. His lawyer Zhang Lei says Feixiong wasn’t guilty of anything at all. Lei said the sentence was not at all acceptable or fair.
The Guardian reports a Xi crackdown lead to the jailing of China democracy activist Feixiong for six years. He had been arrested for taking part in an anti-censorship protest outside a newspaper office which is located in Guangzhou. Feixiong has described himself as being a foot soldier in the fight for democracy in China. He has been involved with the pro-democracy movement in China since the 1980s. The Chinese pro-democracy movement has been hit with a very serious setback by the jailing of Feixiong.