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Copyright 1998 Times Publishing Company
St. Petersburg Times
June 30, 1998, Tuesday, 4 State / Suncoast Edition
SECTION: NATIONAL; Pg. 2A
LENGTH: 262 words
China arrests democracy activist
SOURCE: Compiled from Times Wires
A democracy activist who was trying to set up an opposition political party
was detained Monday by Chinese police - the latest dissident rounded up during
President Clinton's visit.
Plainclothes police showed up at Wang Youcai's home in the eastern city of
Hangzhou on Monday, according to dissident groups in the United States and
Wang had tried to register his China Democracy Party with provincial
authorities Friday but was turned away. He had planned to try again Monday
afternoon, the Hong Kong-based Information Center of Human Rights and
Democratic Movement said.
His application marked the first time Chinese dissidents have openly tried
gain government approval for an opposition party, the Washington-based
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.
He spent 2
1/2 years in prison for helping lead the 1989 protests and has had
repeated run-ins with police since.
His detention came as Clinton left Beijing for Shanghai, China's financial
center. Clinton took up the previous arrests with President Jiang Zemin, who
police action as important for security.
Four of the six dissidents detained in the past week were arrested in Xian,
Clinton's first stop, and released after he left. Authorities in Guilin have
told the family of democracy activist Li Xiaolong that he will not be freed
Clinton tours that southern city Thursday.
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