Chinese democracy activist charged with subversion (AP) – 937th Edition

People walk in a street with Chinese detained artist and activist Ai Weiwei and words 'Who's afraid of Ai Weiwei' sprayed in Hong Kong, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The EU's foreign policy chief expressed alarm at the 'deterioration of human rights' in China and called Tuesday for a halt to arbitrary arrests and disappearances, joining a growing international outcry against the crackdown. Catherine Ashton called for the immediate releases of renowned artist Ai Weiwei and dozens of other activists, lawyers and intellectuals detained in recent weeks and months. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)AP – A veteran democracy activist has become the latest person to be charged with subversion by Chinese authorities in a widening crackdown on dissent that follows anonymous calls for anti-government protests like those in the Middle East and Africa, a rights group said Wednesday.

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