China convicted two anti-graft campaigners from the New Citizens’ Movement for their roles in a protest urging officials to reveal their assets, Reuters reported Wednesday. The convictions came just three days after movement founder Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years in prison, the report said. A Beijing court convicted Hou Xin and Yuan Dong for “gathering a crowd to disturb public order”.Yuan was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but Hou escaped a jail term because the court considered her action a “less serious” crime, the report said, citing lawyers for the two and the court’s official microblog. Yuan and Hou were among four activists who unfurled banners and gave speeches in a busy western part of the capital in March, urging officials to disclose their assets, it said.
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