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World IN BRIEF : CHINA : Dissident's Wife, Held After Protest, Freed

October 28, 1995|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

China has freed the wife of jailed dissident Chen Ziming after detaining her for five days for protesting the imprisonment of her husband, relatives said. Wang Zhihong held a protest with Chen's parents in a Beijing park on Sunday to coincide with Monday's New York summit between Chinese President Jiang Zemin and President Clinton. The protest was part of a campaign to demand medical parole for Chen. Friends of the family said police had ordered Wang and her husband's parents--who had been released earlier in the week--not to leave their home. They were also forbidden from having their monthly meeting with Chen, who is serving 13 years in a Beijing prison for his part in pro-democracy protests in 1989.

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