China detains lawyer over Panama Papers social media post mocking Xi

(From The Washington Post)

Chinese police detained a lawyer after he used social media to poke fun at President Xi Jinping over the naming of a close relative in the Panama Papers, the man’s own lawyer said on Friday.

 Ge Yongxi

Ge Yongxi

Civil rights defense lawyer Ge Yongxi had posted an edited image mocking Xi to his friends on the Wechat messaging service at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. At around midnight, plainclothes police officers came to his house and took him away, Ge’s lawyer Chen Jinxue said.

“The police said he had published a post about the nation’s leaders that had a great impact, and asked him to delete the post,” Chen said. Read More

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