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Chinese opposition activist released from prison

September 16, 2010

September 15, 2010

BEIJING -- One of the leaders of a would-be
Chinese opposition group has been released from
prison after completing an 11-year sentence for
alleged subversion, a human rights group said Wednesday.

Wu Yilong was one of dozens of dissidents
detained in 1998 after attempting to register the
China Democracy Party in the eastern province of
Zhejiang. The attempt was crushed six months
later with leading organizers sentenced to up to
13 years in prison, most on the vaguely defined
charge of incitement to subvert state power.

Wu, 43, was released on Monday and was in
relatively good mental and physical condition,
according to the activist network Chinese Human
Rights Defenders. At the time of his arrest, Wu
had been a student in the master's program in
literature at Zhejiang University, but was expelled for his political activism.

China's Communist Party brooks no organized
opposition to its single-party rule, although it
permits the existence of eight tiny officially
recognized parties that serve purely in an advisory role.
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