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Zhang Baocheng and Yuan Dong's Indictment

December 11, 2013

New Citizens Movement activists Zhang Baocheng and Yuan Dong were detained on April 4, 2013 and formally arrested on May 7, 2013 for unfurling banners and distributing leaflets calling for disclosure of officials’ assets. On December 11, 2013, the Beijing Haidian District People’s Court Procuratorate charged them with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序). The two defendants were tried separately from activists Ding Jiaxi and Li Wei, also charged with the same crime, at the at Beijing’s Haidian District People’s Court on January 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. In the afternoon, Zhang dismissed his lawyers to protest the “absurdity” of the trial.