HONG KONG — Two leading Chinese dissidents who escaped to the West plan to form a new organization and continue their pro-democracy campaign from a base outside China, a Hong Kong activist said Thursday.
Student leader Wuer Kaixi and intellectual Yan Jiaqi are expected to release a joint statement next week calling on Chinese people in and out of China to "continue the struggle for democracy," said the activist, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The pair were smuggled out of China by a Hong Kong-based "underground railroad." Both are reportedly in hiding in a Western country.
In statements written after they fled China, both men called for the overthrow of the current leadership in China.
Wuer, a freshman at Beijing Teachers University, was one of the top leaders of the student movement for democratic reform. He also was one of 21 students sought by China's government for his role in what the authorities called "a counterrevolutionary rebellion."