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China hunts author of letter demanding Xi Jinping’s resignation

China hunts author of letter demanding Xi Jinping’s resignationAuthorities in China are attempting to track down the author of a controversial open letter calling for President Xi Jinping’s resignation, published earlier this month on a Chinese news website.

The Wall Street Journal reports that at least 14 have disappeared in the wake of the letter’s publication — four from Wujie Media, the outlet that published the letter, and 10 others from a connected technical firm. Meanwhile, the company’s website and social-media accounts have been quiet since mid-March.

One journalist, a Beijing-based freelancer named Jia Jia, was arrested at the capital city’s airport on March 15 as he attempted to board a flight to Hong Kong, though Jia’s confidants say that he was not connected to the letter’s publication.

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The letter, putatively written by “loyal Communist Party members,” is the latest token of political dissatisfaction in mainland China; the subsequent disappearances are the latest suggestion that Xi’s administration has little tolerance for those who speak out against it.

Source: Time
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