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Brother of blind Chinese activist goes missing: lawyer
Reuters ^ | Sat May 26, 2012 4:07am EDT | Sui-Lee Wee

Posted on 05/26/2012 9:21:22 AM PDT by Olog-hai

The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has gone missing, a lawyer said on Saturday, days after he fled his village in northeastern China to seek help for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists.

Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of Chen Guangcheng, fled his home in Shandong province and arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to seek legal help for his son, Chen Kegui, who is being held on an attempted murder charge.

He appears to have become the latest target of the government's reprisals against Chen Guangcheng's family in the wake of the blind activist's escape from his village in late April after 19 months of detention at home.

Chen Guangcheng took refuge in the U.S. embassy, where he stayed for six days and sparked a diplomatic crisis between China and the United States. That crisis, which overshadowed a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was finally defused last Saturday when China allowed Chen to fly to the United States to study.

Chen Guangfu did not return to his hotel room in Beijing on Friday night, Shandong-based lawyer Liu Weiguo told Reuters.

Zhao Wei, a Shandong supporter of Chen Guangcheng's family, was the last person to have contact with Chen Guangfu before they parted ways on Friday afternoon, Liu said.

"As of now, there's still no news on Brother Guangfu," Liu said. "We're not optimistic. Guangcheng is also very worried. He's contacting friends to look (for him)."

The news of Chen Guangfu's disappearance comes three days after the 55-year-old farmer and odd job laborer recounted to Reuters details of his own torture and reprisals by authorities since his brother's escape. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chenguangcheng; communism; redchina; totalitarianism

1 posted on 05/26/2012 9:21:36 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“days after he fled his village in northeastern China to seek help for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of Chen Guangcheng, fled his home in Shandong province and arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to seek legal help for his son, Chen Kegui, who is being held on an attempted murder charge.”

Days after who fled whose village to seek help for whose son? sheesh, why can’t the writers write?


2 posted on 05/26/2012 9:52:47 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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Prediction. On January 1, 2013 this family will cease to exist. I will be as if this family never existed.


3 posted on 05/26/2012 10:19:03 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m shocked!

not


4 posted on 05/26/2012 10:20:32 AM PDT by bgill
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