The ongoing “709 Crackdown,” which began in July of 2015, has primarily targeted rights defense lawyers. Continuing this trend, Hunan rights lawyer Yang Jinzhu, known by some as “Yang Quixote,” is now being oppressed by the local judiciary department. Aware of the possibility of his imminent detention, he has felt no other choice but to announce that he is dismissing his assistants and apprentices to prevent them from being implicated in his case (see Yang’s statement, below). He has also declared that if he is put behind bars, he will “resist with his life,” and will refuse to go on CCTV and make a false, public confession. Lawyer Yang Jinzhu has invited 100 lawyers to convene and form a defense team for him on his behalf, should he be detained.