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How exile Feng Zhenghu is taking on China's bullying -- from an airport

Feng Zhenghu, the activist stuck at a Japanese airport, is igniting hope to other exiled Chinese.

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A Chinese human rights activist, Feng Zhenghu, has been camping out, sleeping on a bench and surviving on handouts at the Narita International Airport in Japan since Nov. 4, 2009.

No, this is not a remake of the film “The Terminal” with Tom Hanks starring as a man with no country, it’s a real-life situation. What’s at stake are individual rights to due process and the right of Chinese citizens not to be intimidated by their own government.

Mr. Feng’s protest exposes the insecurity that is haunting the emerging superpower that is China – and is helping the international community see that this Communist government is trampling on its own laws and Constitution.

It’s also helped inspire – and bring international attention – to the plight of hundreds of exiled Chinese in the United States, Japan, and Europe, including the author of this article, who has also been deprived of the right to go home.

Feng’s story

After the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989, Feng openly criticized the repression and was under investigation for more than a year. He studied in Japan and returned to China but was detained and sentenced to three years in prison for what he has called “trumped-up charges of illegal business activity.”


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