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Chinese dissident was abandoned by US: rights group

world Updated: May 02, 2012 23:39 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

In a late night development, an US-based rights organisation claimed that blind activist Chen Guangcheng did not leave the American embassy on his own accord and that he was ready to leave China.

“Chen did not leave the US Embassy of his own accord. Some sources inside China said the US and Chinese governments have reached some kind of “shameful” agreement regarding Chen,” US-based ChinaAid, which has been closely following the incident and which has been quoted by the international media, claimed.

It quoted twitter-updates from Zeng Jinyan, wife of activist Hu Jia, to say that Chen was unable to make any more phone calls since Friday.

“He said from this past Friday he couldn’t make any more phone calls (contact the outside), nor could he contact any friends. He wanted to contact Congressman Chris Smith but there was no way he could reach Smith. He said he and his family were willing to leave China,” Zeng’s update on the social networking platform.

She further added: “Yuan Weijing (Chen’s wife) said that around noon (12:00 pm Beijing time) she met Chen Guangcheng somewhere outside the US Embassy. The Shandong-Linyi local authorities have now set up cameras in Chen’s house and even have guards with sticks staying in their house. If Guangcheng hadn’t agreed to leave the U.S. Embassy, his wife and children would be sent back to their home in Shandong province, Linyi city immediately.”

“Guangcheng didn’t want to leave the US Embassy, but he had no choice. If he hadn’t left, Yuan Weijing would have been sent back to Shandong immediately. Yuan Weijing told me: ‘Jinyan, I am so scared…’” ChinaAid quoted Zeng as having written on twitter.

The rights organisation added: “ChinaAid also receives reports from reliable source that Chen's decision for departure from the US Embassy was done reluctantly because "serious threat to his immediate family members were made by Chinese government" if Chen refuses to accept the Chinese government's offer. And relevant reports show unfortunately the US side "has abandoned Mr Chen.”