Chen Guangcheng, Blind Legal Chinese Activist, Is Safe in Beijing

hcsp.jpgBlind legal activist Chen Guangcheng escaped from home arrest in China earlier this week. ChinaAid reports he is now safe in Beijing.

Guangcheng was being held under harsh and violent conditions since his Septempber 2010 release from prison. Some reports indicate he was tortured for hours.
ChinaAid’s founder and president Bob Fu was in touch with Guangcheng’s friends and family. Sources who brought Guangcheng to Beijing told Fu that the blind forced abortion opponent is not in any danger and is “100 percent safe.” There is speculation that Guangcheng is in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
“We admire Chen’s extraordinary courage and his unwavering desire to fight for the fundamental rights owed every Chinese citizen,” Fu says. “We urge the U.S. government and other democratic nations to show the courage of their convictions and protect this brave rights defender.”
Meanwhile, police have arrested one of the friends, He Peirong, who helped Guangcheng escape. On April 22, she drove him from his home in Dongshigu village to a safe location in another province. She told Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) that his health is stable, but she fears he is in danger.
Peirong was in communication with ChinaAid when she was arrested at her home in Nanjing on Friday at 11:11 a.m. The group reports she has not responded to later efforts to reach her. She was concerned about the fate of Guangcheng’s wife, mother, daughter and son.
It seems Peirong has rightful cause for concern.
Source: Charisma News | JENNIFER LECLAIRE