China's Leading Human Rights Activist Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

A prominent Chinese human rights activist has been sentenced to eight years in prison on subversion charges.

Wu Gan, a blogger who used the pseudonym "Super Vulgar Butcher", was sentenced on Tuesday No. 2 Intermediate People's Court Tianjin in Beijing.

Wu, who was arrested in May of 2015 in southeastern China, became notorious for mocking Chinese political officials in a long-standing campaign against corruption and abuse of authority. The court ruled that Wu was trying to "overthrow state power and socialist rule" through some criminal acts, including spreading false information and insulting people through the media online .

Wu Gan, one of hundreds of rights activists and lawyers who was captured in a massive government crackdown against criticism called "Action 709" which began in earnest in July 2015. Wu's lawyer said his client would appeal. [gp]

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