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Zhou Xiaoxuan walks by her supporters upon arrival at a courthouse in Beijing Zhou Xiaoxuan, center, walks by her supporters upon arrival at a courthouse in Beijing, Dec. 2, 2020 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

What a Landmark Trial Means for China’s #MeToo Movement

, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

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Last week, 27-year-old Zhou Xiaoxuan headed to Haidian District People’s Court in Beijing to have her case of sexual harassment heard. The defendant, Zhu Jun, a TV star in China, didn’t turn up for the trial. But around 100 supporters and friends were there, waiting outside in the chilly weather. They carried posters saying “#MeToo,” and other slogans like “Go Xianzi,” referring to Zhou’s nickname. Police were there, too, asking people to put down their posters and even forcibly removing a Reuters journalist. ...

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