Parents in last minute plea for release of China feminists

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BEIJING: The parents of five Chinese feminists detained for more than a month have issued an eleventh-hour plea to authorities for their release, as a lawyer for the activists said prosecutors have until Monday to charge them. The young women face being charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, which could see them jailed for up to five years after they were detained by police in early March. The vague charge of “provoking trouble” has been increasingly used by Chinese police under President Xi Jinping to detain and jail protestors for holding small-scale demonstrations.

AFP

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