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Copyright 1999 Agence France Presse
Agence France Presse
January 11, 1999
SECTION: International news
LENGTH: 370 words
HEADLINE: Exiled dissident 'dissapears' after attempt to reenter China
DATELINE: BEIJING, Jan 11
A US-based Chinese dissident
"dissapeared" three weeks ago after attempting to secretly reenter China, a Washington-based
opposition group said Monday.
Zhou Yongjun, a student demonstrator on Tiananmen Square in 1989, has been out
of contact with friends and family
since dissapearing from Hong Kong on December 21, the
Free China Movement said in a faxed statement.
He reportedly told friends that he would attempt to travel to Beijing and to
southwest Sichuan province to visit his parents whom he had not seen since
fleeing China in 1992.
Zhou had previously attempted to return to China in mid-December, but was
refused entry at the southern border post of Shenzhen and sent back to Hong
Kong after being detained for 24 hours, the statement said.
The activist, who spent two years in prison
following the Tiananmen Square crackdown, escaped to Hong Kong and was given
asylum in the United States in 1992.
According to the rights group, he was in Hong Kong to publish a book by
dissident-poet Huang Xiang, also exiled in the United States.
A copy of the book, which
denounces the oppression of intellectuals under China's Communist regime, was
seized from Zhou when he was detained by mainland authorities in Shenzhen in
"I am very worried about his safety because I believe that Mr. Zhou's
dissapearance is related to my unpublished book which he carried with him," author Huang
Xiang told the Free China Movement.
China has adopted a zero tolerance policy on returning mainland dissidents as
part of a nationwide crackdown on
Wang Bingzhang, a long-time US exile who returned to China in early 1998
in hopes of setting up an opposition political party, was thrown out of the
country after eluding police for more than two weeks.
Two other exiled dissidents, Zhang Lin and Wei Quanbao, were sentenced to three
years without trial in
"reeducation through labour
camps" after clandestinely reentering China on November 10.
Wang Ce, who had lived in exile in Spain for the last decade, is expected to be
tried on charges of endangering state security after he reentered China through
Portugese-administered Macau in early
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