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Exiled Chinese author recounts prison 'hell'

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Liao Yiwu clearly recalls the moment when he first stepped into a Chinese jail. He was stripped naked by inmates who then searched his anus with chopsticks -- the beginning of a four-year prison ordeal. 

Chinese dissident Liao Yiwu attends the promotion of his book about four years in Chinese prisons, on January 16, 2013 in Paris. Liao clearly recalls the moment when he first stepped into a Chinese jail. He was stripped naked by inmates who then searched his anus with chopsticks -- the beginning of his ordeal.

"I only stayed naked in front of everyone six to seven minutes, but I felt I had lost all dignity," the author and poet said about the start of his 1990 imprisonment after the bloody crackdown on Tiananmen pro-democracy protests.

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