» 05/03/2012, 00.00
CHINA - USA
Chen Guangcheng seeks exile in the United States, fears revenge on his family
The blind activist has "changed his mind" after meeting his wife and the children who made him aware of recent threats and violence. At the hospital, contrary to promises, no US representatives: Chen is in the hands of Chinese police. The U.S. has "abandoned" Chen Guangcheng. Not true that the activist has left the embassy "of his own free will."
Beijing (AsiaNews) - The blind activist Chen Guangcheng wants to go into
exile in the United States rather than remain in China, over fears for his
safety and that of his family. Yesterday,
the dissident who revealed the campaigns of forced abortions and sterilizations
in Shandong, left the U.S. embassy in Beijing
to seek treatment in the hospital
of Chaoyang District, in
the capital (see photo).
had taken refuge in the embassy six days ago. According
to the U.S. representatives, Chen left the building "of his own free
will," in what looks like an agreement between the U.S. and China, under which
the dissident would meet with his family, move to live outside of Shandong - where
he has been persecuted and kept under house arrest without charges for quite a
long time- continue his studies and China would open an investigation into the
violence and isolation he was subjected to.
after being allowed to meet his wife and his two sons, who told him of the
threats they received these days, the dissident asked for asylum the U.S. because
"my rights and my security here can not be guaranteed" .
wife, Yuan Weijing, said she had been tied to a chair for two days, while
members of the government of Shandong
threatened to beat her to death.
many of the assurances given by the U.S. Embassy have been betrayed. In
leaving his refuge, Chen was told that his stay in hospital would be guaranteed
by the presence of U.S.
diplomatic officials. But
today there is not one of them and the ward where he was admitted is controlled
by Chinese police.
fate of Chen and his family seems to be now in the hands of the Chinese
government which has demanded an apology of the United States for allowing Chen to
take refuge in the embassy. The
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Liu Weimin has accused Washington
of "interfering in the internal affairs of China."
Guangcheng has also appealed directly to President Barack Obama, asking him to
do everything to ensure the safety of his family.
U.S. position is very
awkward: yesterday US-China talks on various economic issues and policies started
and the U.S. does not want
to spoil the atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation with Beijing. Yesterday,
Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, urged China to respect human rights, but did
not even name Chen Guangcheng. According
to Bob Fu of China Aid Association,
longtime friend of Chen, the U.S.
has "abandoned" Chen.
dissident circles are also dubious about Chen's "voluntary" departure from the
U.S. Embassy. In
some messages on Twitter, Zeng Jinyan, a friend of Chen and his wife, says that
"If Guangcheng had not left the embassy, they would have taken her and her
children back home," to face threats, violence and constant surveillance.
Zeng "Chen wants to leave China
with his entire family."
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