Xinhua That's why China, which is working hard to improve its legal system, must lock up lawyers who break their vows.
'Western media and critics have focused on the recent arrest of several lawyers and their assistants in China.
'There are various interpretations of the so-called "crackdown" in
which the suspects have been portrayed as rights activists and victims.
But the most straightforward reason has been conveniently left out. That
is, lawyers or not, they are suspected of breaking certain laws.
'In the available police accounts of what the suspects did, there was
one particularly disturbing thing: the lawyers were suspected of
sponsoring and organizing protests supporting their clients, often
outside the courtroom and on social media, during the course of their
'Participants in the protests were allegedly paid and Internet
campaigns were carefully planned and carried out from the time they took
up a sensitive case.
'Even from a layman's perspective, such conduct is very close to
blackmailing a court into a favorable verdict through the pressure of
media and public opinion.'