Chinese court finds 2 grassroots activists guilty

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 2:34 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court says it has found two more activists from the New Citizens movement guilty of disturbing public order and sentenced one of them to prison.

The microblog of Haidian district court says that Hou Xin and Yuan Dong were convicted Wednesday of gathering a crowd to disturb public order. This is the same charge that New Citizens founder Xu Zhiyong was convicted of on Sunday. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

The court says Hou's crime was deemed "relatively light," and that it was sparing her from punishment. Yuan was sentenced to a year and a half in prison.

The New Citizens movement was founded to promote clean governance, and has inspired people to discuss social issues and occasionally to participate in small rallies.

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