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China sends U.S.-based dissident to hard labour
HONG KONG, June 21 China has sent a U.S.-based dissident to three years in hard labour for illegally entering the country, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said on Monday.

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       Zhou Yongjun, one of the leaders of the ill-fated 1989 pro-democracy movement centred on Tiananmen Square, slipped into mainland China from Hong Kong on December 21 after being refused legal entry, the human rights group said.
       The Information Centre of Human Rights & Democratic Movement in China said it obtained the information from the dissident's wife in the United States.
       Zhou, a U.S. green card holder, had a valid travel document and an entry permit issued by the Chinese consulate in New York. But immigration officials in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen refused his entry after questioning him for 10 hours, it said.
       The human rights group said the 31-year-old activist then sneaked into the mainland in order to sign a business contract and see his parents.
       Zhou was jailed for two years for his role in the 1989 demonstrations. He fled to Hong Kong after being released from jail in 1992 and went to the U.S. in 1993, the human rights group said.
       Hundreds, possibly thousands, of people were killed when the Chinese army suppressed the student-led protests.
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