|Xu Zhiyong on the cover of Esquire in 2009|
We are not surprised but very disappointed to see Chinese President Xi Jinping crushing any kind of development of civil society.This morning lawyer Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years in prison for "gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place".
But the government's claims are far from the reality.
After the verdict was read out and Xu said, "The court today has completely destroyed what remained of respect for rule of law in China," according to his lawyer Zhang Qingfang.
|Ilham Tohti lecturing to students in 2009|
Both are trying to gently push the government in a direction towards greater harmony and less tensions, but yet the authorities see these two as a threat.