The subversion trial of a Chinese activist who had investigated the deaths of thousands of schoolchildren in an earthquake opened on Aug. 11, as police detained and threatened the man's supporters. Tan Zuoren's trial comes amid growing reports of detentions and trials of dissidents and activist lawyers ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Communist state's founding. Tan's trial comes one week after hearings opened in the trial of Huang Qi, a prominent dissident who had criticized the government's response to last year's earthquake in Sichuan province and is accused of revealing state secrets. (AP)

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