Police block Chinese court where rights lawyer to be tried

Plainclothes security officers take away a supporter of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang near the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of T

Plainclothes security officers take away a supporter of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang near the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of T

Plainclothes security officers take away a supporter of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang near the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of T

Plainclothes security officers take away a supporter of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang near the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of T

Plainclothes security officers take away a supporter of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang near the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of T

Plainclothes security officers take away a supporter of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang near the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of T

Plainclothes security officers stand in the street opposite the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin northeastern China's Tianjin municipa

Plainclothes security officers stand in the street opposite the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin northeastern China's Tianjin municipa

TIANJIN, China (AP) — About two dozen plainclothes police are stationed outside a courthouse in northern China as the trial of a prominent human rights lawyer was expected to unfold.

Reporters, foreign diplomats and supporters were prevented from approaching the building in Tianjin city on Wednesday morning where lawyer Wang Quanzhang was to be tried.

Wang is among more than 200 lawyers and legal activists who were detained in a sweeping 2015 crackdown. The advocate for the banned Falun Gong meditation sect was charged with subversion of state power in 2016. He has been held without access to his lawyers or family for more than three years.

Wang's wife Li Wenzu told the AP on Tuesday that state security agents in Beijing were preventing her from going to Tianjin for her husband's trial.