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June 29, 1998 Monday, EVENING UPDATE EDITION
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HEADLINE: CHINESE DETAIN DISSIDENT TRYING TO REGISTER PARTY
BYLINE: Associated Press.
Chinese police on Monday detained a democracy activist who was trying to set up
an opposition political party--the latest dissident rounded up during President
Clinton's visit to
Plainclothes police showed up at Wang Youcai's home in eastern
Hangzhou city Monday afternoon and took him away three hours later, according
to dissident groups in the United States and Hong Kong.
Having been turned away by officials Friday, Wang had planned to try again
Monday to register his China Democracy Party with provincial authorities, the
Hong Kong-based Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement said.
The application marked the first time Chinese dissidents have openly tried to
government approval for an opposition party, the Washington-based
Free China Movement reported.
Wang, a student leader in the democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in
1989, was at least the sixth dissident taken into custody since Wednesday.
His detention came as Clinton
left Beijing for Shanghai. Clinton took up the previous arrests with President
Jiang Zemin, but Jiang afterward defended the police action as important for
In China, Clinton has emphasized the need for the government to allow more
freedom. Addressing students and faculty at
Peking University Monday, he called a freer society necessary to maintaining
However, Clinton has refused appeals by Chinese democracy and human rights
campaigners to meet with a dissident.
GRAPHIC: PHOTOPHOTO (color): Waving American flags, students at Beijing University
cheer President Clinton Monday during a ceremony where he presented 500 books
to the university library. After the appearance, Clinton left Beijing for
Shanghai, the next stop on his visit. Reuters photo.
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