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Tiananmen Leader Reportedly Freed

March 05, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

China has granted early release to a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests who was rearrested and sentenced in 1996 to five years' imprisonment on hooliganism charges, a human rights group said.

Guo Haifeng was released Feb. 5, several months early, from prison in central Henan province, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said. It speculated that the release may have been designed to boost Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.

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