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China tries to censor outrage over its handling of chained woman ...


China tries to censor outrage over its handling of chained woman case

A letter by varsity graduates calling for a probe disappears from Chinese social media just after it is posted

Bloomberg News

China has censored a letter signed by 100 alumni of a top university calling for a central government probe into the case of a mother of eight who was kept chained by the neck in a hut, a rare public challenge to the government of President Xi Jinping.

The graduates of Peking University called for an investigation of local officials involved in the case, a nationwide review of women and children involved in trafficking cases, and changes to the law to prevent future such incidents. They also wanted more details released on the woman’s identity. 

The letter said statements by authorities in the eastern city of Xuzhou “are full of inconsistencies”, adding: “We earnestly request the central government to conduct a thorough investigation and provide the public with an authoritative response.”..

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