China has brought a prominent human rights lawyer to justice for subversion.
Wang Quanzhang was missing in a government crackdown on hundreds of lawyers in 201
He defended political activists and supporters of the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong and worked with a Swedish human rights activist.
Outside the court, there is a strict security, with several supporters being bundled by the police.
Ms. Wang's wife, Li Wenzu, who has not seen him since his disappearance in 2015, says police have surrounded her home in Beijing and prevented her from attending the trial.
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journalists and foreign diplomats was also banned from entering the courthouse in the northern city of Tianjin.
Some activists gathered in front of the court, shouting slogans, or holding up signs supporting Mr. Wang before they were shot. 19659007] Mr. Wang is accused of undermining state power. The court documents show that he had worked with Swedish activist Peter Dahlin and others to "train enemy forces."
Mr. Dahlin, who worked in a legal aid group, was detained in China for three weeks in January before being deported.
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On Wednesday, he said he had kept all documents related to Mr. Wang's work in his organization and that he would "cancel everything necessary to destroy the power of state power."
Doriane Lau, researcher at Amnesty International, explained the planning The trial on December 26 appeared to be a "deliberate" decision by the Chinese authorities.
"Obviously, much of the world will have a vacation and will not be able to respond to it," she told AFP.
China's crackdown on lawyers, known as "709" because it began on July 9, is seen by activists as a sign of increasing dissident intolerance under President Xi Jinping.
More than 200 people were arrested, many sentenced to prison terms, sentenced to prison terms or sentenced to house arrest.