Chen’s ‘Protector’ (Illustration)

May 6, 2012 Updated: September 22, 2015

Will Chen Guangcheng really be safe (Illustration)There is little reason to believe the Chinese regime has anything but cruel intentions towards Chen Guangcheng, China’s famed advocate for the poor and downtrodden.

A lawyer, Chen spent four years in jail for organizing a class action lawsuit against abuses—forced abortions no less—perpetrated by the regime authorities in Linyi city, Shandong province. After his release, he was kept under house arrest until he managed to make his way to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and requested asylum.

The incident became a showdown with the regime threatening Chen’s family, demanding his return, while attacking the U.S. for housing Chen. In the tense days that followed, the U.S. returned Chen to the regime with guarantees the lawyer would be safe.

He wasn’t. Chen was immediately threatened, and his lawyer, Jiang Tianyong has been beaten. With Chen’s past treatment over the last eight-years, it begs the question what exactly the U.S. thought would be different this time around. 


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