[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Turkey Istanbul: Explosions and gunfire rock Ataturk airport

White House: Benghazi report is political

‘Super Racist’ Water Safety Poster Prompts American Red Cross Apology

Obama Could Be Facing 10 Years To Life In Prison... TALIBAN SWAP RESULTS

Here’s What the Brexit Did to the World’s 400 Richest People

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Say “Christian Conservative”

FBI Transcript Shows Nobody Died in Orlando Shooting Until SWAT Teams Entered the Building at 5:13 AM

Judge Richard Posner: ‘No value’ in studying the U.S. Constitution

Officials Reveal America’s National Security is “Controlled” by the Jihadists

Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document

The Government Made Me a Litterbug

A Libertarian Lexicon

Clinton Removes The Mask—Goes Full Merkel On Immigration

After Brexit, a Trump Path to Victory

Cleveland Is Purposefully Setting the Stage for Mass Protester Violence at the RNC (Westboro Baptist Church, July 20 Perk Plaza)

Liberal Foreign Policy explained

How Liberal Journalists Think

Meet the Liberal Elite!

Wow, Justice Sotomayor Kind of Agrees With Justice Thomas on a Gun Case!

Big ruling for abortion rights in Supreme Court's Texas case

A Chat about Illegal Immigration

Barack Obama explained

Normal Guy debates gun control with hillary supporter

European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations 'to be morphed into one' post-Brexit

‘It Will Happen Very Soon’: European MEP Issues Dire Warning on Fate of EU After Historic Brexit Vote

Court upholds reach of US gun ban for domestic violence

Federal Court Rules Govt Can Hack Your Computer Without a Warrant, No Probable Cause

The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone

Pope Francis makes groundbreaking apology to gay people and says the Catholic Church must seek forgiveness for the way it treated them in the past

Judge Jeanine Pirro's Opening Statement June 25, 2016

Hank ‘Meltdown’ Paulson Cites Hillary’s Globalist Platform as Reason for Endorsement

Anyone on a no-fly list ... should not be able to purchase --- a kitchen utensil

I’m suing the US government for its data on who’s entering the country

Which candidate said what?

Democratic Sen. Calls For Ammunition Control [VIDEO]

4 last-ditch efforts that could stop the Brexit

Unlike Congress, Hawaii Takes Action On Gun Control

'No need to write, David,' impatient EU tells Cameron

Never seen so many progressives whine!

'This Is Not My Party' - George Will ... marxist - evolutionist - catholic - poperyist --- Goes from GOP to Unaffiliated

Obama Invites 18.7 Million Immigrants to Avoid Oath of Allegiance, Pledge to Defend America

'It had to be a UFO' (Strange but true baseball story)

Law Professor Demands Repeal Of 'Outdated' Second Amendment, Makes Very Weak Case

Missouri to Generate Power By Covering Highway With Crowdfunded Solar Roadways

Man suspected in killing of JPSO Deputy David Michel Jr. is in custody, authorities say

WashPost: America Can’t Declare Economic Independence Because Not Enough Whites

House Democrats End Sit-In Over Gun Control

'This vote doesn't represent the younger generation who will have to live with the consequences': Millennials vent fury at baby boomers for voting Britain OUT of the EU

6 Diseases Just Reappeared Following the Flood of Refugees into America...

Dem who opposed welfare fraud measure indicted – for food stamp fraud


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

International News
See other International News Articles

Title: Activist Chen Guangcheng: Let Me Leave China on Hillary Clinton’s Plane
Source: The Daily Beast
URL Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articl ... n-hillary-clinton-s-plane.html
Published: May 2, 2012
Author: Melinda Liu Most Popular Chen: Let
Post Date: 2012-05-02 23:40:11 by A K A Stone
Keywords: None
Views: 154

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast’s Melinda Liu, blind dissident Chen Guangcheng says he’s been abandoned by American officials at a Chinese hospital and begs to leave the country on Hillary Clinton’s plane.

I’ve known Chen Guangcheng for more than a decade—he’s been through intimidation, beatings, jail, and extralegal house arrest—but through it all I never sensed he was scared. Now he’s scared. Chen, whose case has escalated into a bilateral crisis that threatens to dominate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Beijing this week, was weeping as he talked to me over the phone from his hospital bed.

Chen says he now wants to leave China as soon as possible: “My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane.”

When U.S. officials escorted him out of the U.S. embassy shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Chen thought he’d extracted a promise that at least one of them would stay with him at the hospital, he said. “Many Americans were with me while I checked into the hospital and doctors examined me. Lots of them,” he told me from his hospital bed, where he’s being treated for broken bones in one foot, an injury sustained when he fell after climbing a wall during his daring escape from house arrest late last month. “But when I was brought to the hospital room, they all left. I don’t know where they went.” The ordeal was all the more bewildering because Chen is blind and was hurt during his escape; he needs crutches or a wheelchair to move around.

The hours ticked by, and Chen became more and more agitated. Even though he’d originally told friends and embassy officials that he wished to remain in China, now he wanted to leave. “I hope to seek medical treatment in the U.S. with my family, and then I want to rest,” he said. “As for the future, we’ll deal with that in the future.” At the hospital, Chen’s fears mounted as his wife told him she’d been tied to a chair, beaten, and interrogated by Chinese guards after they learned he had entered the U.S. embassy in Beijing last Friday.

As dinnertime came and went, he and his wife and two young children, who had traveled to Beijing, had nothing to eat. Their 6-year-old daughter began crying from the hunger pangs. “I kept asking the hospital personnel for some food, but it never came. I asked many times.” Finally, around 9 p.m., some food was sent in after friends contacted American officials for help. But Chen says his numerous attempts to reach the U.S. embassy directly during those dark hours failed: “I tried to phone the embassy three or four times last night, but nobody answered.” As of Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Beijing time, he said he has had no contact with American officials since after he entered his hospital room.

“I need your help, I’m absolutely, absolutely ready to fly out on Hillary Clinton’s plane. Please tell the embassy what I’m saying.”

At the embassy, Chen said he came under tremendous pressure from American officials—“not those from the embassy but others “—to leave the diplomatic facility as quickly as possible. From the very beginning, he said, the assumption was that he would stay in China. “I had no information, I got no phone calls from friends, I was isolated,” he told me, his voice trembling. “Then I heard about the threat that my wife would be sent back home to Shandong if I didn’t leave the embassy. So I left.”

He told me there was no explicit threat that she would be submitted to physical violence, “but nobody had to say it, I know what we’ve experienced all these years back in Shandong. Our home was surrounded by guards, lots of guards. Our friends weren’t allowed to visit. If we tried to go out we’d be beaten, often with clubs.” Security personnel had even escorted his young daughter to and from school; Chen and his wife hadn’t seen their son for two years before their reunion at the hospital.

Human-rights activists are now extremely worried about Chen’s fate, and some are astonished at this startling—and dark—turn of events. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had described Chen's departure as reflecting "his choices and our values"; State Department officials said Chen was asked several times if he was departing of his own volition and his reply was "Zou!" or "Let's go!" U.S. officials also said they had reached an understanding with Chinese authorities that Chen would be allowed to pursue his education in a location away from his home province of Shandong, to follow up on his work as a self-taught "barefoot lawyer". “This totally contradicts the rosy picture I got in a conference call I had with U.S. officials Wednesday morning. They summarized the situation, and it sounded like a beautiful, happy scene,” said Bob Fu, president of the U.S.-based ChinaAid Association, which has acted as a facilitator in Chen’s case. “They said they’d send some photos of Chen ‘joyfully’ leaving the embassy.” Last week Fu had offered to transport Chen out of China via an “underground railroad”—but at the time, Chen declined. (1 image)

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com