By the Left Coast Rebel
Have you been following the story of Chen Guangchen? If not -- and if you are a liberty-minded American horrified with what you see happening in the "land of the free, home of the brave" -- you should be.
|Chen Guangchen: Humble Libertarian|
Sadly, how many Americans would have 1/10 the spirit this man has against his totalitarian oppressors?
Wes Messamore is also inspired, naming Chen Guangcheng the "rebel of the week"...
Last week, Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese human rights activist and lawyer made a daring escape from his captors while under house arrest during a year-long illegal detention and made a video exposing the cruel treatment he and his family suffered, which included severe beatings and broken bones.Read The Rest.
The amazing thing about Guangcheng’s escape– is that he’s blind. Not only that, but in an escape that one prominent Chinese activist called “a real Chinese version of The Shawshank Redemption,” the blind Chinese lawyer managed to evade the 90 guards who have surrounded his village home for over a year and get through eight separate security checks on his way to freedom and hiding at an undisclosed location in Beijing! He says he did it by using this blindness to his advantage…
It’s not just Guangcheng’s uber-competent, James Bond-like stealthiness (despite what most people would consider a major handicap) that makes him a rebel; it’s his spirit of fearless, self-sacrificing love– his willingness to put himself and those most dear to him at risk of violent retribution to expose his government’s tyranny, corruption, and brutality in the hopes of creating a world in which others don’t have to suffer like his family has.
Updated: Guangcheng is begging the US government for amnesty:
Beijing (CNN) -- The Chinese activist who walked out of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Wednesday after what officials said was a decision he had made on his own said Thursday that he regrets the move and now wants U.S. officials to help get him and his family to the United States.
"I want them to protect human rights through concrete actions," Chen Guangcheng told CNN from his hospital room in Beijing. "We are in danger. If you can talk to Hillary, I hope she can help my whole family leave China."Chen was referring to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived Wednesday for trade talks and found herself in the middle of a diplomatic firestorm.
More:The quotes above are from a CNN Guancheng interview yesterday; get a load of this:
Q: What has your wife told you after you escaped?A: (My wife) was tied to a chair by police for two days. Then they carried sticks to our home, threatening to beat her to death. Now they have moved into the house -- eating at our table and using our stuff. Our home is teeming with security -- on the roof and in the yard. They have installed seven surveillance cameras inside the house and built electric fences around the yard.
I would hate to be in his shoes, hoping against all hope that the Obama admin. does the right thing (even if it sleights China; so what?).