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Blind Chinese activist escapes to safety

2012-04-27 11:10

Beijing - Chen Guangcheng is in a "100%" location in Beijing, a supporter said on Friday, amid speculation the blind Chinese lawyer had sought refuge at the US embassy after escaping from house arrest.

Chen fled his closely guarded home in the eastern province of Shandong last Sunday, escaping from under the noses of dozens of plain-clothes security officers with the help of his supporters.

His exact whereabouts are unknown, but Bob Fu, a US-based activist in close contact with Chen, told AFP the lawyer was "now in a 100% safe location in Beijing".

No one at the US embassy in Beijing returned calls for comment on whether Chen, who won worldwide acclaim for his campaigning on forced sterilisations and late-term abortions under China's "one-child" policy, had sought refuge there.

He has been under house arrest along with his wife and young son since he was released from a four-year jail sentence in September 2010.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has repeatedly called for Chen to be released from his house arrest, is due in China on Wednesday for the annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing.

Comments
  • Bear - 2012-04-27 11:45

    forced sterilizations < late-term abortions < Famine One-child policy wins. (Sterilization is spelled with a Z not and S) Easy for America to bitch about it, they only have like 300 million citizens compared to China's mammoth 1.3 billion or something.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 16:01

      Where does it say the US "bitched about" China's sterilization policy?

      Bear - 2012-04-27 16:57

      Fred - "No one at the US embassy in Beijing returned calls for comment on whether Chen, who won worldwide acclaim for his campaigning on forced sterilisations and late-term abortions under China's "one-child" policy, had sought refuge there." Bitched probably wasn't the right term, but they do support what he is doing, not referring to him seeking asylum at their embassy but him winning 'worldwide acclaim'.

      billidp - 2012-04-27 19:44

      South Africa uses UK English therefore sterilisations is correct!

      John - 2012-04-28 06:11

      @ Bear .. "won worldwide acclaim" not US acclaim. Seems you and China are out of step with most of the non-communistic world... @ billidp.... huh?? Bit of a nonsensical statement...

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-27 13:27

    To put a blind man under house arrest, this regime must really be desperate!!!!!

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