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Prominent Chinese activist on trial, refuses to defend himself

Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong speaks during a meeting in Beijing, in this handout photo dated March, 30, 2013. REUTERS/Xiao Guozhen/Handout via Reuters

Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong speaks during a meeting in Beijing, in this handout photo dated March, 30, 2013. REUTERS/Xiao Guozhen/Handout via Reuters

Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong speaks during a meeting in Beijing, in this handout photo dated March, 30, 2013. REUTERS/Xiao Guozhen/Handout via Reuters
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Zhang Qingfang (C), lawyer for one of China's most prominent rights advocates Xu Zhiyong, walks toward a court to attend Xu's trial in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Zhang Qingfang (C), lawyer for one of China's most prominent rights advocates Xu Zhiyong, walks toward a court to attend Xu's trial in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Zhang Qingfang (C), lawyer for one of China's most prominent rights advocates Xu Zhiyong, walks toward a court to attend Xu's trial in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Supporters of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, shout slogans near a court where Xu's trial is being held, in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Supporters of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, shout slogans near a court where Xu's trial is being held, in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Supporters of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, shout slogans near a court where Xu's trial is being held, in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Liu Chunxia, a supporter of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, is detained by policemen while she gathers with other supporters nearby a court where Xu's trial is being held in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Liu Chunxia, a supporter of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, is detained by policemen while she gathers with other supporters nearby a court where Xu's trial is being held in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Liu Chunxia, a supporter of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, is detained by policemen while she gathers with other supporters nearby a court where Xu's trial is being held in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Supporters of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, shout slogans near a court where Xu's trial is being held, in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Supporters of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, shout slogans near a court where Xu's trial is being held, in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Supporters of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, shout slogans near a court where Xu's trial is being held, in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Liu Chunxia, a supporter of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, is detained by policemen while she gathers with other supporters nearby a court where Xu's trial is being held in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Liu Chunxia, a supporter of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, is detained by policemen while she gathers with other supporters nearby a court where Xu's trial is being held in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Liu Chunxia, a supporter of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, is detained by policemen while she gathers with other supporters nearby a court where Xu's trial is being held in Beijing January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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