Supporters Rally at Trial for Pu Zhiqiang, Chinese Rights Lawyer

Supporters of the human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang demonstrating near the Second Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing on Monday.

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BEIJING — One of China’s most prominent civil rights lawyers went on trial on Monday for seven online posts that he made on a Twitter-like service, in the latest attempt by the Communist Party to silence political dissent and rein in activist lawyers who question official policies and actions.

The trial of the lawyer, Pu Zhiqiang, 50, drew widespread condemnation, including…

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