China Justice in a Hurry

After carefully biding its time, Beijing suddenly steps up the prosecution of Tiananmen Square dissidents

A court officer visited the Beijing home of Chen Ziming's elderly parents late last month and presented them with an official notice. A branch of the Beijing procuratorate court, the document said, has approved the formal arrest of Chen Ziming on charges of "inciting counterrevolutionary propaganda" and "subversion." A trial could take place as early as this month.

The official's visit was ominous, since Chen Ziming, 38, the former head of a private think tank, had been accused of being a key organizer of the Tiananmen Square protests that the government brutally crushed in June 1989. After the crackdown, Chen went...

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