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China sends dissidents on free holidays

Activists tell of ‘being travelled’ sent on lavish trips, chaperoned by police to keep them out of the government’s way

As top Communist leaders gathered in Beijing the veteran Chinese political activist He Depu was obliged to leave town on an all-expenses-paid holiday to the tropical island of Hainan, complete with police escorts.

It is an unusual method of muzzling dissent, but He is one of dozens of campaigners who rights groups say have been forced to take vacations sometimes featuring luxurious hotels beside sun-drenched beaches, trips to tourist sites and lavish dinners courtesy of the authorities.

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This entry was posted on June 29, 2014 by in Human rights and tagged , , , , , .

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