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Monday, 14 February 2011

Chen Guangcheng latest



Chen Guangcheng is a Chinese lawyer who exposed and spoke out against the policy of forced abortion and sterilisation in the Shandong Province. More than 130,000 women were forced to have abortions as part of the coercive one child policy. He was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison.

In 2006 I wrote about the Jubilee campaign to free him. He was not freed and so in 2009 I wrote about the petition to the Prime Minister to Free Chen Guangcheng! Last year he was let out of prison after serving the full four year sentence.

However, as Pat Buckley of the European Life network reports, he is still under persecution. Chen is under illegal house arrest, with himself and his family, under intrusive surveillance each day by three shifts of agents, each shift comprising 22 people. Only his 76 year old mother is allowed to go out to buy food.

The above video is the first of five parts of a film that he recently made in his house and smuggled out. Here are links to the other parts: Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

Because of the video, the defenceless Chen (who is blind) and his wife were beaten senseless by the government agents. I am sure that many good Chinese will be ashamed that their country should be represented to the world by such cowardly and dishonourable conduct. Chen's voice by contrast, is one of true courage, and love for the Chinese people and their beautiful country.
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