China:Activist Chen Guangcheng's Elder Brother Chen Guangfu Violently Beaten


Date:  2013-05-09

By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

MENGYIN COUNTY, SHANDONG (ANS) -- The blind self taught lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng says his elder brother Chen Guangfu was beaten violently by two plain clothed young men on the morning of May 9.

According to a news release from ChinaAid, Chen Guangcheng called ChinaAid President Bob Fu right after the incident happened.

At around 9:50 a.m. Beijing Time, his elder brother Chen Guangfu was riding his motorbike on a road at Duozhuang town, Mengyin county which is about 2 miles away from his home. A black car without license plates drove in front of Chen's motor bike, cutting him off.

ChinaAid said the two young men walked out of the car and started violently beating up Chen without saying anything. ChinaAid said according to Chen, the two men, in their 20's, were well trained and did not "look like farmers."

After beating up Chen, ChinaAid said the two also destroyed his motorbike. Chen wasn't severely injured, although he was struck hard in the head by the two men. The incident happened right next to a police station of Duozhuo town, Mengyin county.

ChinaAid said Chen immediately reported the assault to the police, but so far there has been no legal action. Chen said he estimated the attackers' car was about two miles away when the police arrived.

"This is certainly a further sign of escalated retaliation campaign against activist Mr. Chen Guangcheng by the Chinese government," said Fu speaking in the news release.

Fu continued, "To employ mafia style of actions in order to silent a fellow citizen's voice represents a new low for China's leaders. It is time for President Obama to immediately intervene with this worsening situation."

He added, "The US leaders and international community should hold the Chinese top leaders accountable for their miserable failure to deliver its own solemn public international commitment that was made a year ago to both Mr. Chen and Mr. Obama, which was to protect the safety and civil rights of Mr. Chen's family members and investigate years of abuses and torture to Mr. Chen, his wife and other family members. "

ChinaAid said according to Chen Guangcheng, since April 18 there have been a number of attacks against his family members.

ChinaAid said reliable evidence shows that the government has launched this new wave of systematic retaliation campaign against his nephew, his three brothers, his aged mother and their private properties in order to force Chen Guancheng to be silent on human rights abuses in China.

ChinaAid is an international non-profit Christian human rights organization, committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China.

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