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10.11.2013

How Social Media Complicates the Role of China’s Rights Lawyers

Tea Leaf Nation

Xia Junfeng was once unknown, but his 2009 arrest for the murder of security officers—who, he alleged, had savagely beaten him—made him a symbolic figure in a national debate about human rights and reform in China.

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09.26.2013

Execution or Murder? Chinese Look for Justice in Street Vendor’s Death

Tea Leaf Nation

This morning, a Chinese street vendor named Xia Junfeng was executed. Xia had been found guilty of murdering two urban enforcers, known colloquially as chengguan, in 2009.

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06.25.2013

China’s “Urban Enforcers” Caught in a Vicious Cycle

Tea Leaf Nation

Last week, another anecdote about chengguan— China’s urban enforcers whose main tasks include enforcing urban beautification ordinances and cracking down on unlicensed street vendors— caught the public’s attention.