In this photo taken on January 4, 2016, Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Yu Wensheng poses for a photograph in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
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China formally arrested several Chinese human rights lawyers on suspicion of subverting state power after months of secret detention, one of their colleagues said Tuesday, the latest move by authorities to crack down on dissent.Several other people from separate firms, including Zhao Wei, an assistant for the prominent detained lawyer Li Heping, were also arrested for state subversion or inciting state subversion, Liu said.From July through September, authorities detained or questioned about 300 hundred human rights lawyers and activists, rights groups have said, in the government's most severe clampdown on dissent in two decades.U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus has called on China to recognize several detained rights lawyers as "partners, not enemies of the government".
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