AIDS Activist Leaves China for U.S., Citing Pressure

Published: May 10, 2010

AIDS Activist Leaves China for U.S., Citing Pressure

BEIJING — The founder of a prominent AIDS activist group in Beijing has left China  for the United States with his family because of increasing pressure from the government, he and his supporters said Monday.

The activist, Wan Yanhai, his wife and their 4-year-old daughter spent the weekend at the home of a friend in Philadelphia after flying from Hong Kong on Thursday.

In recent months, the group that Mr. Wan led, the Aizhixing Institute, had come under increasing scrutiny from tax officials and even the fire department, he said.

“The Chinese government made it impossible for Wan Yanhai to remain in China,” said Kate Krauss, the friend in Philadelphia and the director of the AIDS Policy Project, which advocates for more research into a cure for AIDS.

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