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The Independent: Escaped dissident pleads for action on corruption

April 28, 2012

Excerpted from The Independent:

The non-governmental organisation Human Rights in China (HRIC) said Mr Chen's nephew, Chen Kegui, had confirmed that his uncle had fled the family home. According to HRIC, he also said Mr Chen's father, Chen Guangfu, and the lawyer's older brother had been taken away on Thursday.

According to an HRIC statement, Chen Kegui said the head of Shuanghou Township, Zhang Jia, who was in charge of enforcing Chen Guangcheng's house arrest, arrived at the family home early yesterday morning. He said the local leader's assistants attacked him with sticks, only fleeing when Chen Kegui picked up kitchen knives to defend himself. He said he is now in hiding because he fears for his life.