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FORMER PRISONER OF CHINESE GULAG TO PRESENT FORCED LABOR RESOLUTION TO WAL-MART SHAREHOLDERS AT ANNUAL MEETING

FORMER PRISONER OF CHINESE GULAG TO PRESENT FORCED LABOR RESOLUTION
 TO WAL-MART SHAREHOLDERS AT ANNUAL MEETING
 WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Hongda Harry Wu, a former prisoner for 19 years in the Chinese Gulag, will present a resolution on forced labor in China at the Wal-Mart shareholders meeting tomorrow in Fayetteville, Ark., according to the Food and Allied Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO (FAST).
 "Harry Wu is the most knowledgeable person in the world today on the Chinese Gulag," said FAST President Robert Harbrant.
 "Singlehandedly he has brought the horror of the Laogai to the world's attention. His personal bravery and moral force are unequaled," said Harbrant.
 Wu, author of the recently published book "Laogai: The Chinese Gulag," came to the world's attention last year when he returned twice to China and secretly filmed activities inside 20 Chinese prisons. The resulting footage, including the negotiation of the business deals involving forced labor manufactured products, was aired in September 1991 in "60 Minutes."
 In other developments, FAST also announced that support for its shareholder resolution has been received from some members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, who own Wal-Mart common stock.
 Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) was the first to give his support. He was followed by Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Nick Joe Rahall (D-W.Va.).
 Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton, a former Wal-Mart director, have been solicited, but have not yet responded to FAST.
 The FAST resolution, which will be voted on tomorrow at the Wal- Mart annual shareholder meeting held at the Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville, recommends the creation of a special committee of the board of directors to investigate the company's buying policies and practices in China, with special attention to ensuring that no products purchased directly and/or indirectly from sources in China are produced wholly or in part by forced labor.
 In response to concerns voiced by the SEC staff, FAST will not furnish proxy cards to persons who have not already received FAST's original proxy statement, dated May 15, 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Jeffrey Fiedler of Food and Allied Service Trades, 202-737-7200, ext. 205/
 (WMT) CO: Food and Allied Service Trade; Wal-Mart ST: District of Columbia; Arkansas IN: SU:


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