Horrible… Chinese Dissident’s Family Harassed & Beaten, Nephew Arrested (Video)

A US rights group reported today that Chen Guangcheng‘s nephew was recently arrested in China. Earlier this month Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng left the US Embassy for a hospital as part of an “agreement” with the Chinese government. Chen said the US government turned its back on him.

Now the Chinese government has arrested Chen’s nephew.
News video via NHK World:

NHK World reported:

A US-based human rights group says the nephew of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has been arrested on suspicion of murder. It says the arrest was made in revenge for Chen’s actions.

ChinaAid Association on Friday revealed the photo of a notification of arrest issued by police authorities in Shandong Province. The notice says the arrest took place on Wednesday.

The group quoted the nephew’s lawyer as saying that he wounded 3 intruders with a knife at his home in Shandong Province on April 26th after noticing that his parents had been beaten up. More than 20 people claiming to be local officials burst into the house late that night following Chen’s escape from house arrest.

The group says if convicted, Chen’s nephew could face the death penalty. It says the arrest is a reprisal against his uncle and that a fair trial cannot be expected. It condemns Shandong authorities and urges the United States and other countries to press China on the matter.

The blind activist told NHK by telephone that he had been informed of his nephew’s arrest by his mother in Shandong Province, adding that his brother is also being threatened. He said he wants to appeal through the media for their safety.

Of course, George W. Bush used a different approach with Chinese dissidents.

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