Chinese police crack down on family of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng

The Guardian – Concern is growing for relatives and supporters of Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal activist who fled from 19 months of house arrest in a Chinese village in Shandong province and is said to be sheltering inside the American embassy in Beijing. Police have detained four family members and two of those who aided his escape, a rights group said. The US has declined to comment on Chen’s whereabouts, but friends have said that he is at the embassy, although he had told them he did not wish to seek asylum. His case threatens to overshadow the arrival of US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and treasury secretary Timothy Geithner for bilateral talks in Beijing this week. Read Article

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