#1 China activist appeals to Obama to get him to US05-03-2012, 05:05 PM
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng appealed to US President Barack Obama to help get him and his family out of China, saying he feared for his life just hours after leaving the US embassy in Beijing.
"I would like to say to President Obama: please do everything you can to get our family out," Chen told CNN, according to a translation of his quote.
He also accused US embassy officials of pushing him hard to leave the safety of the embassy on Wednesday where he had sought refuge for six days after fleeing his home in the eastern province of Shandong.
"The embassy kept lobbying me to leave and promised to have people stay with me in the hospital, but this afternoon, as soon as I checked into the hospital room, I noticed they were all gone," Chen told CNN by phone.
CNN correspondent Stan Grant said he interviewed Chen, who is in a Beijing hospital, at around 3:00 am Thursday (1900 GMT Wednesday) with his wife sitting by his bedside. The US network aired two short audio clips of the interview. More at Link>
Chen you're a dead man, ask the dissidents in Iran who cried for help.
Obama supports totalitarian regimes.The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
05-03-2012, 05:12 PM
Chen your cries will fall on deaf ears!
“Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, ‘No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.’”
05-04-2012, 12:20 AM
The State Department insists that blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng left the U.S. Embassy of his own volition Wednesday and that U.S. officials in Beijing did not convey threats to harm his family by Chinese officials, as Chen claims.
"At no time did any US official speak to Chen about physical or legal threats to his wife and children. Nor did Chinese officials make any such threats to us," said State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. "U.S. interlocutors did make clear that if Chen elected to stay in the Embassy, Chinese officials had indicated to us that his family would be returned to [their home in] Shandong, and they would lose their opportunity to negotiate for reunification."
Nuland was responding to accounts by Chen supporters, now repeated by Chen himself to the Associated Press, that said Chen was pressured into leaving the embassy via threats to the safety of his wife and family. Chen told the AP that U.S. officials told him the Chinese would take his family back to their home province in Shandong, where they had been under extrajudicial house arrest and in some cases physically abused, if he didn't leave the embassy.
Chen also said a U.S. official told him the Chinese government would beat his wife to death if he didn't leave the embassy and agree to the terms of the deal struck by U.S. and Chinese negotiators, according to the AP's account.
The State Department disputed that version of events.
"I was there. Chen made the decision to leave the Embassy after he knew his family was safe and at the hospital waiting for him, and after twice being asked by Ambassador Locke if he [was] ready to go," said Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, who was a key negotiator in the deal. "He said, ‘zou,' -- let's go. We were all there as witnesses to his decision, and he hugged and thanked us all."
The deal, detailed by Foreign Policy's Editor Susan Glasser from Beijing, included a reunion between Chen and his family at a hospital where he could receive attention to the foot he damaged by scaling a wall during his daring escape last week.
The deal also stipulates that the Chinese government would treat Chen and his family humanely, that they would be relocated, and that Chen would be allowed to study at a university. Senior administration officials told reporters in a background briefing in Beijing that Chen called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the car to the hospital and said, "I want to kiss you."
Glasser noted that Zeng Jinyan, the wife of well-known activist Hu Jia, contradicted that account on Twitter, saying Chen told her he had asked to "see" Clinton, not to kiss her.
Clinton, in a statement, said, "I am pleased that we were able to facilitate Chen Guangcheng's stay and departure from the U.S. Embassy in a way that reflected his choices and our values."
Chen, according to the AP, said that it was true he had expressed his desire to stay in China. But now that U.S. officials have left him alone in his hospital room, he is having second thoughts.
"I think we'd like to rest in a place outside of China," he said. He then asked to relay a message to Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ). "Help my family and I leave safely."
05-04-2012, 09:23 AM
Man poor Chen. If only he'd had maybe 2 million cash on him...May the FORCE be with you!
05-04-2012, 10:51 AM
He should have said his great great grandmother was black and that the Chinese were punishing him because of their racism, or he could have said he really digs Mohammed and they were persecuting him for that.
05-04-2012, 11:53 AM--Odysseus
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people!
#9 Chen Guangcheng fears detained nephew may be tortured05-07-2012, 07:16 PM
Chinese activist recovering after house arrest says he is concerned about 'lawlessness' in home province of Shandong
Jonathan Watts in Beijing
The blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has said he fears his nephew may be beaten and tortured after being detained by police.
Although Chen was confident last week's high-level deal between China and the US would ensure his own wellbeing and freedom of movement, he told the Guardian he was concerned about the vulnerability of his relatives because of the "lawlessness" of his home province of Shandong.
The activist, who escaped from house arrest and initially fled to the US embassy last month, is now recuperating in a Beijing hospital.
But it has emerged that his nephew, Chen Kegui, is being investigated in connection with a bloody fight that broke out when local officials tried to enter the family home in Linyi, in Shandong province, after the escape.
The nephew previously said he stabbed one of the intruders in an act of self-defence. His lawyer, Liu Weiguo, who is being closely monitored by the police, said he was unable to talk freely about the case, which was still under investigation, but he feared the arrests of family members could hinder Chen's departure.
"It is hard to know how the local authorities will act as they do not seem to behave rationally," Liu said. "But if more family members are arrested, it will be less likely that Chen can go abroad. Maybe he will end up stuck in China." Chen said he was unaware of his nephew's condition, but his own experience in Linyi had taught him to fear the worst.
"My nephew certainly can't be in good condition in their hands. He'll certainly be tortured there … The public security organs, procuratorial organs and people's courts are absolutely lawless in Shandong province."
The treatment of Chen's relative and supporters has been mixed. He Peirong, the activist who drove Chen from Shandong to Beijing, has been released from police detention but ordered not to give interviews, and is likely to be under tight surveillance.
Chen said he had not been allowed to see his own lawyers, and expressed grief at reports that one of them – Jiang Tianyong – had been beaten. His own access to information is limited because diplomats, journalists and friends have been unable to go freely into his hospital room.
Another friend, Zeng Jinyan has been put under tighter restrictions since last Wednesday, and is now allowed out only to take her daughter to nursery school and to collect her.
Zeng revealed at the weekend that the police have also repeatedly denied her request to leave mainland China so that she can take up a university place in Hong Kong. "Last year, I began to talk to police about my study plans," she tweeted. "But until now, the result is always the same: they won't let me go."
Chen, in contrast, feels that he has a public, high-level assurance that he can leave to study. At the end of last week, he was offered a fellowship in the US, and the Chinese foreign ministry said he could apply for travel documents.
These guarantees remain somewhat ambiguous. Along with critical commentaries in the domestic media that accuse Chen of stirring up trouble in his home village over a UK-funded well that he helped to arrange, the vague words have prompted scepticism that the state will allow Chen to leave.
But the activist was optimistic the central government authorities would honour the arrangement.
"There may be a few obstacles, but I believe it will work out OK. They agreed to let me go abroad in full public view. They should let me go. This is my civil right," he said.
Asked whether he would like journalists and diplomats to visit him before he leaves, he was clear: "Generally, I like to interact with people – any people."
The saga continues, the media has turned this into a nightmare for both Obama and his Communist allies in China. Chen will come here and someday we will read his book.
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