1. Tibet strikes back

    Spain to Hear Chinese Genocide Case

    Chinese President Hu Jintao delivers his speech during the celebration of the Communist Party's 90th anniversary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Friday, July 1, 2011. Celebrating the Communist Party's 90th anniversary Friday, Hu said that its ability to adapt made China affluent and powerful and that the party must fight corruption to retain public support and continue its uncontested rule. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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    A brave Spanish court is taking on China. The country's top criminal court judges ruled to hear a case against China's former President Hu Jintao for committing genocide in Tibet. One of the activists pressing the lawsuit is Tibetan monk Thubten Wangchen, who is also a Spanish citizen. Jintao was president of China until March and led the Communist Party in Tibet when China imposed martial law after mass protests. The case claims Jintao was responsbile for plans "eliminating the uniqueness and existence of Tibet as a country, imposing martial law, carrying out forced deportations, mass sterilisation campaigns, torture of dissidents."

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