Blind Chinese Activist Escapes House Arrest

Chen GuangchengHe slipped past 100 security guards, scaled a wall and swam across a river to freedom. Reports Olivia Katrandjian on ABC News:

The U.S. State Department is being tight-lipped on the whereabouts of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest last week, but the organization that helped him escape says he’s in the hands of U.S. diplomats.

Chen, a 40-year-old human rights activist who has campaigned for disabled rights and against forced abortions, scaled a wall and slipped past around 100 security guards surrounding his house. Bob Fu, the founder and president of ChinaAid, which aided Chen in his getaway, called the escape an “extraordinary adventure.”

“He walked for hours from his own home in the middle of the night. He was wounded, wet, covered in mud. He swam across a river,” Fu told ABC News. Chen was picked up by supporters and driven to Beijing on April 23. Several friends hid him in different locations until his last host was able to reach out to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on April 27, Fu said.

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13 Comments on "Blind Chinese Activist Escapes House Arrest"

  1. “Blindness is no impairment, against a smelly enemy” -the blind monk

  2. JohnFrancisBittrich | May 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

    at least a dozen scriptwriters just wet their pants.

    • Liam_McGonagle | May 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

      Yeah, there will never be an end to the Zatoichi franchise.

      • Jin The Ninja | May 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |

        i’ve seen all of the (original) zatoichi series, and let me say they are amazing, amazing. self-contained but excellent continuity. it’s not as good as ‘lone wolf and cub,’ but a very close second. also wicked priest is another amazing series.

  3. If it sounds like it’s out of a Hollywood script, chances are it is, including the case of the “blind” (LOL) “activist” … glad to see Disinfo is again spreading corporate media disinfo. 

    —–“Anytime the Western media becomes ecstatic over the activities of a so-called “rights advocate,” it is almost certain that they are a recipient of US State Department-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds and support. In the case of China’s Chen Guangcheng, allegedly blind and having recently escaped from house arrest in a rural Chinese town, it didn’t take long to trace his ties back to the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy.—–” 

  4. GoodDoktorBad | May 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

    Rutger Hauer will direct this movie biography.

    “Blind Fury: 2012”

    Coming soon…..

  5. zombieslapper | May 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |

    Meanwhile the US gov’t is spying on Quakers, peace activists, bike riders, and feeling up toddlers & grandmas at airports.

  6. Redacted | May 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm |

    This guy is god damn Daredevil.

  7. just in time the premiere of ‘avengers’ though he wouldn’t be able to watch it, it gives people hope that superabilities do exist

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