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Resource ID: #17427
Subject: Farms
Source: Radio Free Asia
Date: 2000-10-21



This story examines "an incident that happened in Northern Shannxi's Zizhou County that caught overseas media attention: 30,160 farmers collectively signed an appeal letter asking the government to release lawyer Ma Wenlin, who was put in jail because he helped farmers to sue the local county government. Even though China has a large population, it still is a rare incident in which so many farmers are willing to take the risk to sign a letter that asks the government to release a lawyer." This investigation looks at why so many farmers care about the lawyer's fate.

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