China Releases Dissident Hu Jia

But human rights activist now faces house arrest
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2011 5:22 AM CDT
A plainclothes security guard walks past the logo on the building wall for "the Bo Bo Freedom Town" where Hu Jia, a Chinese dissident, lives in Beijing, China, Sunday, June 26, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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(Newser) – The prominent Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia has been freed from prison, after serving three-and-a-half years for "inciting subversion," reports the BBC. Hu's wife posted the news on Twitter this morning. "We are fine and happy. Need to rest for some time. Thank you everyone," the message said. With a large security presence around Hu's home in Beijing, the family is keeping quiet for now, and Hu appears to be under some form of house arrest. Hu's release follows that of artist and activist Ai Weiwei last week.

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