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Exiled dissident enters Hong Kong in typhoon layover

TOUCHDOWN:Wang Dan has not set foot in China since fleeing after the bloody crackdown on student protests in 1989, but has not given up hope

Staff writer, with CNA, Hong Kong

Chinese dissident Wang Dan (王丹), one of the student leaders at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, who is now teaching in Taiwan, entered Hong Kong yesterday while on his way from the US.

Radio Television Hong Kong reported that Wang, who was exiled from China after the protests, had been delayed at Hong Kong’s airport early in the morning because his flight to Taiwan was suspended because of Typhoon Saola.

“It’s magic to step onto Hong Kong soil,” Wang said in a Facebook post.

In an interview on Hong Kong Radio, Wang said he did not intend to enter Hong Kong, but described the situation as “symbolically significant.” He said he would not “seek to sneak in” to Hong Kong, but believes that “one day” he will be allowed to visit.

In January last year, Wang tried to obtain permission to visit Hong Kong for the funeral of veteran democracy activist Szeto Wah (司徒華), a politician affiliated with the pan-democracy camp in Hong Kong who had helped many dissidents flee China after the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing, which saw hundreds, if not thousands, killed.

At the time, Wang had pledged to attend Wah’s memorial in a personal capacity and said he had no political motive. However, his request was denied with no reason given by the Hong Kong authorities.

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