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Liberty: how long to fight again?

Last December 26 Chinese human rights activist and blogger Wu Gan was sentenced to eight years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” and to five years of deprivation of political rights, according to the court in the northern city of Tianjin where the sentence was pronounced.
Wu Gan, 45 years old, also known as ‘Super Vulgar Butcher‘, formerly a soldier and security guard, began his activism a decade ago, and he is currently well known for using irony and humor in his campaigns; according to Chinese official media, he was accused of spreading false information on the internet, exaggerating controversial cases and attacking the regime“.
He was arrested in May 2015 too, for protesting in the southeastern city of Nanchang, denouncing the alleged torture of four innocent people forced into confessing to a crime and who were declared innocent a year later.
In August 2016, he was arrested again and said he had been tortured, while his family was threatened in order to force him to admit certain crimes.
The crime of subversion against the State power is frequently attributed to dissidents and prisoners of conscience. Writer and Nobel Peace laureate, Liu Xiaobo, who died in July, was handed an 11-year prison sentence on similar charges.
Such sentences are appalling and show once again how some basic rights, such as Liberty and the Freedom of expression, are not to be taken for granted yet, especially in some Countries of the World.

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