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Separation from parents like torture: Wu'er Kaixi

TAIPEI--Chinese pro-democracy dissident Wu'er Kaixi on Saturday told Hong Kong media that being separated from his parents is like being tortured.

Wu'er Kaixi, one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in China, told Hong Kong Economic Journal and Ming Pao that he felt very apologetic to his parents and wanted to see them in person, hug them and tell them he was sorry.

The dissident, who now resides in Taichung in central Taiwan, said he could understand the logic behind the injustice being done to him by the Chinese government because of his criticism of the authorities' propaganda.

But he criticized the government's refusal to keep his parents from seeing him even outside the country as "inhumane."

Having lived in exile for the past 25 years, Wu'er Kaixi has tried repeatedly to turn himself in to Chinese authorities over the past five years, to no avail.

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