[CAF Note: Last week Jin Zengmin was the Solari Hero, for challenging a local politician to swim in the polluted rivers in China. This week another activist, Chen Yugian, spoke out online against the pollution, and was beaten for it, this is his story.]

By Tom Phillips

Chen Yuqian, a 60-year-old resident of Pailian village in Zhejiang province, was one of at least three concerned citizens who last week called on Chinese environmental officials to brave the rivers they were supposed to be keeping clean.

A businessman from the same province vowed to pay 200,000 yuan (around £20,000) to his local environmental protection chief if he dared bathe in a rubbish-clogged river near Rui’an City.

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