Evil blind Chinese activist gets his commeuppance

We can all breathe a little easier now:

Chinese police have admitted to having in custody an activist against the Asian nation’s forced abortion population control policy who has been missing for months. Chen Guangcheng was formerly under house arrest but had been missing without his family or human rights campaigners knowing his whereabouts.

Chen’s wife, Yuan Weijing, confirmed he had been arrested and taken into custody after police officials asked her to sign a document listing the charges against him. They include accusations that he intended to destroy public property and disrupt commerce and transport.

“The charges are groundless,” Yuan told Asia News.

Teng Biao, an attorney helping Chen, said the blind 35 year-old man was “in the hands of county, not national, policeâ€? and “it’s possible he will be tried for these charges.”

The Asia News reports that, according to Teng, Chen was arrested in March along with two of his cousins after enduring several months of house arrest.

Chen is credited with exposing a forced abortion and sterilization scandal in the city of Linyi where 7,000 women had been forcibly aborted or sterilized. Anyone who attempted to flee was apprehended, beaten, and held hostage in city prisons until their relatives came forward and paid large fines for their release.

Chen met with reporters from the Washington Post and Time Magazine and reports of the scandal in Linyi made international headlines.

However, after the meetings, Chen’s freedom was restricted and he was arrested from a hiding place in Beijing by Linyi officials who say he provided “intelligence” to foreigners.

This guys sounds even more dangerous than Hao Wu. Thank God we’re safe again.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

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June 13, 2006 @ 10:22 am | Comment

It just never stops. A 3 Gorges Dam activist is now lying in hospital paralysed with a broken neck after being beaten up by government thugs:

June 13, 2006 @ 5:55 pm | Comment

THe only thing more dangerous than a blind self-educated lawyer is a clown.
I recently read a book that mentioned Burma’s arrest of two of the most famous clowns in the country for political problems. One of the clowns eventually died in prison. No wonder China and Burma get along so well!
(No offense to blind people or to clowns. I am not drawing this parallel to suggest that there is any similiarity behind blind people and clowns, besides the fact that they’re all people. I’m drawing a parallel between the ludicrous nature of these arrests).

June 14, 2006 @ 1:34 am | Comment

kevin, I know I’ll be sleeping more soundly in bed tonight if all the cripples are kept out of my way :p

June 14, 2006 @ 4:55 am | Comment

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