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Why China is arresting some lawyers who use social media to reach public

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-13 10:19:46-04

More than 50 lawyers in China using social media to advocate human rights have been detained in a crackdown by the country's government.

A Beijing law firm is at the center of the sweep. Police said it is part of a "major criminal gang" disrupting the public, according to the South China Morning Post.

In all, more than 100 attorneys and activists were detained. By Monday morning, more than 80 had been released, according to Chinese media outlets.

Attorney Wang Yu's arrest raised the attention of those supporting the group's efforts in China, which is led by President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party. According to The People's Daily, she was key in spurring the public outcry over the arrest of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by police.

Yu offered money for any footage showing the incident. 

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