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Sunday January 3 1:45 AM ET Chinese Dissident Out of Hospital

Chinese Dissident Out of Hospital

NEW YORK (AP) - A prominent Chinese dissident who was hunger striking to protest China's jailing of fellow democracy campaigners has been released from a hospital.

Wang Xizhe swore off all sustenance but water last Sunday and has staged his strike outside the United Nations building. He was admitted to Bellevue Hospital on Saturday.

Wang, in stable condition, was waiting at the hospital early Sunday morning for friends to pick him up and take him home, said hospital administrator Wes Anglin, who declined to comment on his treatment.

Doctors found Wang dehydrated and with low blood pressure Saturday, fellow activists said in a statement faxed to foreign news organizations in Beijing.

Wang has one of the longest records of political activism of any Chinese dissident. He and two others put up a poster demanding democracy and the rule of law in 1974, when China was still under the rigid ideological confines of Mao Tse-tung.

Wang, who fled China in late 1997, started his fast to highlight a crackdown that has seen three leading members of a would-be opposition party sentenced to lengthy jail terms.

Two of them, Xu Wenli and Qin Yongmin, were like Wang veterans of the Democracy Wall movement of the late 1970s.

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