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Dissidents Use Web Against China

April 10, 1999

HONG KONG (AP) _ Chinese dissidents and human rights activists launched a World Wide Web site today to promote their campaign for democracy in China and to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.

By using the Internet, the petition campaign will bypass the censorship of the Chinese Communist Party, exiled Chinese dissident Wang Dan said in a statement released by organizers at a Hong Kong news conference.

Wang, a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in Beijing, went to the United States in November after he was freed from a Chinese jail.

The campaign, launched in New York earlier this month, aims to get about 500,000 signatures on a petition to be delivered to the Chinese government and the United Nations on June 4, the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Web site is www.June4.org.

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