Intimidation

Attacks on Chinese activists raise fears

  • Posted on: 6 January 2008
  • By: pirate

By WILLIAM FOREMAN, Associated Press Jan. 6, 2008

SHENZHEN, China - Huang Qingnan lifts his hospital sheets and shows a long scar below his left hip. His right thigh needed stitches and surgeons fought to mend muscle and tendon gashed in his calf.

The 34-year-old labor activist was stabbed repeatedly by knife-wielding thugs, one in a series of attacks that experts and workers' rights advocates fear may signal a worrying new trend — privatized intimidation.

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Kenya church fire kills 50 who fled mob

  • Posted on: 1 January 2008
  • By: pirate

By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY, Associated Press Jan. 1, 2008

NAIROBI, Kenya - A mob torched a church sheltering hundreds of people fleeing election violence Tuesday, killing up to 50 people — including many children — as four days of rioting and ethnic clashes marked one of the darkest times in Kenya's history.

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