A Voice from Peking's Gulag

Jailed without a trial, a dissenter describes his ordeal

One of the early victims of the current Chinese drive to crush dissent was Liu Qing, deputy editor of the April 5th Forum, the most widely respected of the unofficial journals that sprang up during the ill-fated democracy movement of 1978-79. A copy of Liu's account of how he challenged China's legal system and what happened to him afterward was recently smuggled out of the labor camp and obtained by TIME. Some excerpts:

When Ren Wanding [head of the Chinese Human Rights League], Wei Jingsheng,...

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