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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Yang Maodong
Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to tackle corruption in the country's vast communist power structure, yet in his seven months in power, Chinese authorities have cracked down on activists who fight for honest government.
The 20-hour insurgent assault on the heavily guarded Afghan capital left 27 dead - including police, civilians and insurgents - when fighting finally ended Wednesday morning, officials said.
Yang Maodong told the Associated Press that the charges of illegal business activities for which he was jailed were trumped up and that his jailers only questioned him about his pro-democracy activities, not business matters.
"I am innocent," Mr. Yang said. "It's a political case and I was called a political prisoner in the places where I was detained. All of this is political persecution of me because I promoted democracy."