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Fate Uncertain for Chen, Blind Lawyer-Activist, in China

Chen now seeks asylum in the US. Rep. Chris Smith to hold emergency hearing in Washington this afternoon. Christians to plead his case in Washington.
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Chen Guangcheng, the human rights lawyer who documented forced abortion from China's infamous one-child policy, said in a media interview last night that he now wants to leave China for the United States.

This change of heart comes after Chen spoke with his own attorney by phone and also his wife. The Daily Beast's Melinda Liu last night posted this account of their phone conversation:

Chen ... was weeping as he talked to me over the phone from his hospital bed. Chen says he now wants to leave China as soon as possible: "My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton's plane." When U.S. officials escorted him out of the U.S. embassy shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Chen thought he'd extracted a promise that at least one of them would stay with him at the hospital, he said. "But when I was brought to the hospital room, they all left. I don't know where they went." The ordeal was all the more bewildering because Chen is blind and was ...
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