WORLD : Dissident Fang Stripped of Post

From Times Wire Services

China's Academy of Sciences today dismissed from his post as research fellow a prominent dissident who has taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy, Beijing Radio reported.

It said the academy also decided to strip Fang Lizhi of the title of "young and middle-aged technical and managerial expert who had made outstanding contributions," and of the special privileges that went with the title.

Fang and his wife, a professor at Beijing University, took refuge in the U.S. Embassy shortly after troops and tanks crushed student-led protest on June 4. The government has accused Fang of being one of the main organizers of the protest.

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