Chinese activists held after protest of official corruption

April 21, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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BEIJING, April 21 (UPI) -- Chinese leaders have arrested six leading dissidents leading a movement demanding ruling party leaders disclose their personal wealth, officials said.

The dissidents' anti-corruption message would appear to fall in line with widely quoted remarks by new Chinese President Xi Jinping, who promised to clamp down on official corruption at all levels of government -- "tigers and flies," as he put it.

While corruption might be a target, the demands by thousands who signed a petition started by the group New Citizens Movement to force rulers to disclose their personal wealth has been met with a tepid response, The New York Times said Sunday.

The six detainees include seasoned dissidents and a prominent human rights lawyer, the Times said.

"The party promised to publish officials' assets 30 years ago, something it has yet to do," said Xu Zhiyong, a lawyer and founder of the New Citizens Movement who is being held under house arrest. "Clearly the government is afraid of this demand."

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