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Post time 2011-11-14 14:47:29 |Display all floors

If he committed crime, charge him. If not, set him free.

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Many people would like to wish Chen Guangcheng a happy 40th birthday on Saturday; some plan to travel hundreds of miles to his village in Shandong province to do so. None of his wellwishers expect to actually see him.

For more than a year the blind, self-taught lawyer and his family have been under house arrest in Dongshigu, Linyi city, without means of communication. Officials have not accused him of a crime and do not even acknowledge his detention. But dozens of people who have already tried to visit him have been threatened, beaten and pelted with stones by the thugs who guard him.

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Officials have also told residents that Chen is a traitor and ordered them not to discuss him with anyone, not to give directions to his home and to call a dedicated hotline if they find visitors.

Despite the pressure, several neighbours have attempted to help the family – reportedly being detained themselves for up to six months as a result. Some have ended up leaving the village.

Supporters see the fact that Chen's six-year-old daughter is now allowed to go to school – escorted there and back by the family's guards – as a glimmer of hope. It may be a response to international pressure; the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, flagged up his plight again in remarks on Friday.

Asked about Chen at a press briefing last week, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said he had no information. Government officials and police in Linyi told the Guardian they had never heard of the case, nor of visitors being attacked.

Remarkably, instead of deterring visitors, such experiences appear to have spurred them on; the initial trickle has become a stream.


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"a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said he had no information" had said so months ago. Still no information of Chen? He'd better asked the Nanjing police why they detained He Peirong and other cities police why they barred netizens  leaving their cities. The police knew they'll go to Linyi to find Chen Guangcheng from their Weibo posts.

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Post time 2011-11-14 15:20:18 |Display all floors
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"Asked about Chen at a press briefing last week, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said he had no information" had said so months ago. Still no information of Chen? He'd better asked the Nanjing police why they detained He Peirong and other cities police why they barred netizens  leaving their cities. The police knew they'll go to Linyi to find Chen Guangcheng from their Weibo posts.

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Post time 2011-11-14 15:58:47 |Display all floors
Students from Hubei Fine arts academy after school.
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Post time 2011-11-14 16:17:11 |Display all floors
Petitioners from Shanghai took picture showing slogan "release Chen Guangcheng"  in Beijing.
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Post time 2011-11-15 12:24:21 |Display all floors
Why  caring a blind man require courage?
Why the government sweep the matter under the carpet? "no information" is the officials answer.

You want to be a caring and courageous person in Linyi? beat you rob your phone and camera

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Post time 2011-11-16 11:02:51 |Display all floors

China police blocks birthday visit to blind lawyer

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The police knew it. Even an African website knew it.
Can't bury your heads into the sand!

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Post time 2011-11-16 11:09:22 |Display all floors
Blind man’s bluff
The case of a blind Chinese activist spurs internet activism

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Nov 5th 2011 | BEIJING | from the print edition

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ON A local-government website, Chen Guangcheng is still listed as one of Linyi prefecture’s top news personalities of 2003: “a young blind person who upholds the rights of the handicapped”. As well as helping the disabled win benefits, Mr Chen helped farmers in his coastal Shandong province resist illegal land-seizures. Local officials, however, have long since tired of Mr Chen’s activism. In 2006 he was sentenced to four years in jail for exposing the brutality of officials enforcing family-planning regulations. Since his release, Mr Chen has been a prisoner in his own home, watched around the clock by hired thugs. They prevent well-wishers even from entering his home village of Dongshigu, sometimes with violence. Yet recently an online campaign has encouraged a growing number of Mr Chen’s supporters to attempt to visit.

The use of the internet to mobilise people to visit Mr Chen has rattled officials far beyond Shandong province. It is the first time in China that activists have made such a persistent effort to show up in solidarity with someone under house arrest. It also coincides with attempts to use weibo, or microblogs, to gain support for independent candidates in elections to low-level “people’s congresses” that have been taking place around the country. Though the congresses have little power, and it is very difficult for truly independent candidates to stand, the polls still make the Communist Party nervous.
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Activists know they have little chance of meeting Mr Chen, whose house is floodlit at night and cut off from mobile-phone networks. But there have been numerous quixotic forays. On October 14th a number of disabled men and women from neighbouring Anhui province were turned away. On October 30th, says Human Rights in China, an NGO based in New York, a group of 37 people who made the attempt to get through was attacked by around 100 thugs.

Some state-controlled media have been emboldened, too. One Beijing newspaper, Global Times, published an editorial on October 12th saying allegations that Mr Chen’s human rights were being abused “may not be simply invented”. A Shanghai newspaper, Oriental Morning News, then criticised Global Times for being too soft on the local government. It described how a reporter for a publication owned by the official news agency, Xinhua, had been beaten up while trying to visit Dongshigu on October 5th. This journalist, as it happens, has since been forced to resign.

The central authorities, however, have shown no disapproval of the Linyi authorities’ heavy-handedness, even though Mr Chen has posed no direct challenge to the Communist Party itself, while his case has featured prominently among human-rights concerns raised by Western governments. The only concession has been to allow Mr Chen’s six-year-old daughter to leave the family house to go to school.

The authorities in Beijing show increasing anxiety about activists’ use of the internet. Beijing Daily said on October 17th that “serious flaws and problems” in the rapid development of weibo services needed to be addressed in order to prevent “huge social harm”. A day later an annual meeting of the party’s Central Committee called for strengthened “management” of the internet. This presumably will not involve letting Mr Chen and his family use it.

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