Visitors to Chinese Blind Rights Lawyer Chen Guangcheng Disappear

Visitors to Chinese Blind Rights Lawyer Chen Guangcheng Disappear


A group of Internet activists decided to visit the blind rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng on October 5th. But, none of them made it to their destination. At least nine were scattered, stopped or taken by Chinese officials.Henan-based Internet activist Li Shasha first came up with the idea. Buddhist nun Miao Jue also joined them, but police took her away from her hotel room at 1:00 a.m.

Another activist, Zhu Wenli, was presumably captured. His last call was to Li Shasha, stating, “I am in danger.”

Microblog posts indicate some activists had gunshots fired in their directions, and others were chased. All nine individuals are currently unreachable by mobile phone.

Another rights lawyer, Jian Tianyong, explains Chen’s current situation.

[Jiang Tianyong, Rights Lawyer]:
“No one has received any news about him. What everyone knows is that now he should have been free, but he is completely deprived of freedom by local authorities. They put him under house arrest. And for anyone who goes to see him, their personal safety cannot be guaranteed.”

Chen Guangcheng is a self-taught lawyer known for exposing abuses such as forced abortions as well as harassment committed by local authorities. He has been under house arrest for the past year, despite just finishing a four year jail sentence in September 2010. He was charged on trumped-up charges of (quote) “damaging property and organizing a mob to disturb traffic.” The officials who watch over Chen and his wife have been reported of beating the couple from time to time.

This October 5th attempt to visit Chen is not the first act of trying to help the blind lawyer, who has gathered much sympathy and attention among netizens in China and human rights activists abroad.

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SMiles Lewis has had a lifelong interest in all things anomalous. An early age proclivity at recalling his nightly dreams as well as several personal experiences with ESP, precognition and dream switching bolstered his interest in the paranormal. Shortly after high-school he joined the local MUFON chapter in Austin, Texas. He would later become a MUFON State Section Director for that group as well as leader of the local UFO Experiencer Support and Study Group. A lover of books, SMiles collected over 1000 titles before founding the non-profit Anomaly Archives that serves as the lending library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute (501c3). For over twenty years he has worked with digital audio, video and other bleeding edge internet technologies. He has published his own print journal (E.L.F. Infested Spaces), edited a local paranormal newspaper (Austin Para Times), maintained a large network of websites (, organized a national UFO conference (NUFOC-38), spoken to anthropologists about UFOs and parapsychology (Encounters with the Fantastic), hosted (and been a guest on) both terrestrial and webradio talk shows and has been podcasting since before the phrase existed. All these efforts and more have led radio talk show host Robert Larson to describe Miles as a “Gonzo Alt-Media Proprietor and Informationalist.” He is also the LOWFI-Texas State Bureau Chief of The League of Western Fortean Intermediatists. SMiles’ current projects include co-hosting PsiOp-Radio with Mack White as part of the many unique shows airing daily on his ANOMALY RADIO Network. He is active with several local non-profits which includes his service on the board of directors for the Institute for Neuroscience And Consciousness Studies (INACS) and the Scientific Anomaly Institute‘s lending library, the Anomaly Archives. His writings can be found within the Archives of his print journal ELFIS and ANOMALY Magazine. In his day job with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission‘s Talking Book Program he manages a Volunteer Recording Studio and audio duplication department and has been a consultant on two digital audio development documents for the Library of Congress‘ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
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