China takes hard line on activists, many missing (AP) – 508th Edition

FILE - In this Friday, July 17, 2009 file photo, Chinese lawyer Jiang Tianyong looks at the half empty office of the Gongmeng rights group's legal research center after it was closed down by Chinese authorities in Beijing, China. The last time the prominent Chinese lawyer Jiang was seen or heard from, he was visiting his brother in a Beijing suburb when police grabbed him and threw him into a waiting van, pushing aside his elderly mother who had clung on to the vehicle. Jiang is among dozens of well-known lawyers and activists across China who have vanished, been interrogated or criminally detained for subversion in recent weeks, in a crackdown that human rights groups say is on a scale and intensity not seen in many years. Activists say China's massive security apparatus is using the government's anxiety over possible Middle East-inspired protests as a pretext for the crackdown. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, File)AP – The last time the prominent Chinese lawyer Jiang Tianyong was seen or heard from, he was visiting his brother in a Beijing suburb. Police grabbed him and threw him into a waiting van, pushing aside his elderly mother who had clung on to the vehicle.

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