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Chinese rights lawyer's new strategy: Outlast the oppressors

Attorneys and activists lay low as Xi's government bares its teeth

Relatives of lawyers and activists detained in July 2015 stage a protest in Beijing in July 2017.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- A Chinese human rights lawyer knew it was time to put his battles with the government and state enterprises on hold when he saw his young son waiting for the "bad guys" to come.

"My son was looking out the window at night with a stick in his hand, like he was keeping watch," the lawyer said. "And he said, 'I'm going to beat up the bad guys if they try to take dad away.'"

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