Hundreds Guard Chen Guangcheng During Hospital Stay

May 7, 2012 Updated: September 22, 2015
A protester is removed by police outside the Chaoyang Hospital
A protester is removed by police outside the Chaoyang Hospital in Beijing where Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is being treated for a foot injury, on May 4. Many rights activists who attempted to visit Chen have been arrested. (AFP/GettyImages)

The blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng escaped gangs of security agents who had enforced 19 months of abusive house arrest, fled to the U.S. Embassy, and then was admitted to a hospital—where he is once again surrounded by gangs of security agents. Fingers are being pointed at the Chinese regime’s powerful domestic security czar, who is said to be acting in defiance of the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership.

Since Chen was admitted to Chaoyang Hospital in Beijing for a treatment of a foot injury suffered during his daring escape, over 400 police have been dispatched to guard him, according to a hospital worker. Many rights activists who attempted to visit him have been arrested.

Beijing human rights activist Ju Hongyi told The Epoch Times that when she tried to see Chen at the hospital on May 4, around one hundred people were already waiting to visit him. Police instructed everyone to register their names and then to get into police cars.

Ju instead showed her medical records, said she was there to get a checkup, and was not stopped by the police. Foreign reporters were also waiting inside the cordon near the hospital, she said.

Ju said she searched every hospital floor but failed to find Chen’s room, although she suspected that he was on the first floor, as there were many plainclothes police stationed there.

A petitioner is approached by police
A petitioner is approached by police outside the hospital where Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is staying in Beijing on May 5. The woman, who expressed displeasure with the Chinese regime's treatment of petitioners, asked to visit Chen. (Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages)

Human rights activist Ning Jinxia from Tianjin told The Epoch Times that her group of nine was stopped by plainclothes police on Friday morning even before they arrived at the hospital.

Uniformed police then came over, took their names and forced them into a police car. They were taken to the Sanlitun Police Station and all of them were locked up in a 10-square-meter (33 square feet) cage and treated like violent criminals, Ning said. Later they were transferred to another detention center to be picked up by officials from their hometowns’ liaison offices in Beijing.

The Epoch Times has reported on the huge amounts of money spent on guarding Chen, in the name of “stability maintenance.”

Ning said in Chen’s hometown Dongshigu, only local law enforcement officials and hired temporary personnel were charged with guarding Chen, but in Beijing regular law enforcement officers are in charge, which means even more money is being expended on Chen’s case.

According to a hospital worker, over 400 domestic security police have been stationed at the hospital after Chen was admitted. Uniformed and plainclothes police can be seen everywhere in and around the hospital.

A petitioner told The Epoch Times that when a human rights activist or a petitioner or a dissident leaves jail, his home becomes his prison; when he goes to the hospital, the hospital becomes his prison.

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With the exception of the U.S. Embassy, all of Mainland China is one big prison, the petitioner said, and the jailer is the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC), which oversees the county’s domestic security apparatus.

Referring to the PLAC, Epoch Times’ columnist Zhang Tianliang said in an interview on May 4 that Chen Guangchen’s situation clearly shows there is a Party organ acting outside of the law with huge funds and manpower at its disposal.

“It can disregard China’s laws, disregard agreements made by the Party Central, disregard exposure by international media, and exert huge diplomatic pressure on Obama, just to persecute a disabled blind man at will,” Zhang said. “Domestic security chief Zhou Yongkong is the one who masterminds all this,” he added.

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