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Chinese cyber-dissident court date set

October 5, 2003

Legal proceedings against cyber-dissident Ouyang Yi, accused of attempting to subvert the power of the state, will be held on October 12 in the south-western city of Chengdu, according to a human rights organisation.

In July 2002, Ouyang, 35, created an Internet site in which he advocated a gradual move towards democracy for China, according to an open letter from his friend Zhang Ming, which has been distributed by rights organisation China Labor Watch.

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