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Students barred from taking leave

Pamela Pun

Wednesday, June 02, 1999

authorities in Beijing have taken measures to ensure

students do not get involved in any activities marking the 10th

anniversary of June 4.

They have banned students from taking leave over the next few days, a

move aimed at keeping all students on campus, the Hong Kong Standard

has learnt.

Heads of department and faculty were also made responsible for

ensuring their students do not take to streets for whatever reasons.

Besides restricting all rights and democracy activists in other places

from travelling to Beijing, the authorities have been closely


monitoring dissidents in the capital over recent days.

"In other places, dissidents could file their application for some

memorial functions. In Beijing, such a move is absolutely

impossible," Ren Wanding said yesterday.

Ren, a veteran democracy campaigner since the Democracy Wall in 1976,

said he has been under house arrest since last week and would not be

allowed to go out freely until Thursday 10 June.

Even victims of the June 4 crackdown and their families have been

placed under tight surveillance across the country.

Fang Zheng, who lost both his legs in the bloody crackdown, was banned

from returning to his home in Anhui province during the sensitive

period, according to family members.

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