Five feminist activists that were detained for more than a month have been freed under a conditional release that still allows charges to be brought later. They were suspected of a nebulous charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” as they prepared to distribute posters and stickers against domestic violence on International Women’s Day. The women have previous records and have been linked to other stunts in different cities that focus on issues like domestic violence and the poor provision of women’s toilets. Their detention an international diplomatic outcry and several organizations, like Amnesty International, and other rights groups from the U.S. and E.U. called for their release. China’s Communist party has increasingly clamped down on organized opposition, but the punishment was seen as too harsh given the small scale of the women’s activities supporting gender equality and women’s issues.
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