German Chancellor Shows Concern for Paralyzed Activist

By Fang Xiao, Epoch Times
December 30, 2006 12:00 am Last Updated: December 30, 2006 12:00 am

CHINA—Two officials from the German Embassy in Beijing brought Christmas presents on behalf of the German ambassador to Fu Xiancai, an advocate of resettlement rights for the Three Gorges Dam project, who was hospitalized in the Beijing Rehabilitation Center. They expressed the concerns of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for Fu's condition and treatment.

Fu told the Epoch Times journalist that at 3:00 p.m. on December 22, two officials from the German Embassy in Beijing brought Christmas presents to him and wished him and his family a happy Christmas. The officials also said that he could seek help from the Embassy if he encounters difficulties during treatment. They especially conveyed the German Chancellor's concern for his condition and treatment.

The Chinese communist regime acquired lands for the Three Gorges Dam project in the early 1990s. As a result, Fu was relocated to Zigui County, Hubei Province in 1993. Because corrupt local officials embezzled much of the land compensation fund meant for relocated residents, Fu and other representatives appealed for over 1.3 million relocated residents on many occasions. They were thus frequently persecuted by the related official organizations.

On May 19 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited China, Fu was interviewed by ARD-GTS, a German TV station. Afterwards, he was attacked by unknown hoodlums and his body was paralyzed from the neck down. The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed their concern regarding this incident. They have asked the Chinese communist regime to give an explanation on the incident.

Aided by German media and Human Rights in China , Fu was transferred to the Beijing Rehabilitation Center for treatment. He told the Epoch Times reporter that his recovery was progressing after 3 months of treatment. He has regained the sense of feeling in his chest. Though he still could not move his arms and fingers, but some sense of feeling has come back. His legs which were numb two weeks ago started to have sense of feeling also. But he noted that recently he felt discomfort in his stomach area.

During the interview, Fu's voice was still quite weak and he had asked his son to convey his words to the reporter.