China Indicts Anti-corruption Activist

Xu Zhiyong, seen here on July 17, 2009, was indicted by Beijing prosecutors on Dec. 13, 2013, and will likely stand trial soon, his lawyer Zhang Qingfang said.
Chinese prosecutors have indicted a prominent activist who founded a group that works within the system to promote political change.

The lawyer for Xu Zhiyong said Friday that prosecutors have formally charged his client with "disturbing public order," a common charge against rights activists who attempt any form of protest.

Xu founded the New Citizens Movement, a loose network of activists which has held small street rallies to urge officials to disclose their assets and called upon citizens to fight corruption.

Xu was arrested in late August in a wide-ranging crackdown on peaceful dissent.