Wang Dan (dissident)

Wang Dan (dissident)

Wang Dan ( _zh. 王丹; Pinyin: Wáng Dān) (born February 26, 1969), a leader of the Chinese democracy movement, was one of the most visible of the student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Wang Dan is on the Advisory Board of Wikileaks.

Biography

Wang Dan was born in 1969. He was a student at Beijing University when he participated in the 1989 protest. Being on the list of 21 fugitives issued immediately after the June 1989 crackdown, Wang went into hiding and was arrested in 1990 and sentenced to four years imprisonment in 1991. After being released on parole in 1993, he continued to write publicly (to publications outside of Mainland China) and was re-arrested in 1995 for conspiring to overthrow the Communist Party of China SCMP. " [http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/menuitem.2af62ecb329d3d7733492d9253a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=b8df1f6140ad9110VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD&ss=Hong+Kong&s=News SCMP] ." "Dissident to apply for visa to visit Hong Kong" Retrieved on 2008-05-12.] and was sentenced in 1996 to 11 years.

Just before U.S. President Bill Clinton's China visit in 1998, Wang was released on medical parole and was flown to the United States for treatment due to faucitis, Gastroenteritis and headache. In 2007 Wang's second sentence expired and he was officially "released" and the certificate was issued to his parents on Oct 2, 2007. [ [http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/xinwen/2007/10/03/china_dissident/ Wang Dan was offically released. 王丹办理刑满释放证明(Chinese)] ]

Wang resumed his university study at Harvard University in 1998 and completed his master's in East Asian history in 2001. He earned his Ph.D. in 2008. He is currently the chairman of the Chinese Constitutional Reform Association.

Wang was interviewed and appeared in the documentary "The Beijing Crackdown" and the movie Moving the Mountain, about the Tiananmen Square protests. He also featured prominately in Shen Tong's book Almost a Revolution.

He was banned from setting foot on mainland China with his passport expiring in 2003. He attempted to visit Hong Kong in 2004, but was rejected. At that time he was invited by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China to talk about politics ahead of the 15th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown.

ee also

*List of Chinese dissidents

References

External links

* [http://www.wangdan1989.com/ Wang Dan's personal website]
* [http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_PrintFriendly&c=Article&cid=1085868608901&call_pageid=968332188492 Toronto Star: Wang Dan's visit to Toronto at 2004]
* [http://www.time.com/time/asia/covers/501040607/story.html TIMEasia: The Exile and the Entrepreneur]


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