Criticism turns to the US as Chen Guangcheng leaves embassy
Social media users in China and abroad rally in support of blind dissident who fled house arrest.
- Chen reportedly injured himself during his flight from house arrest. Below are pictures showing Chen in Chaoyang hospital in Beijing. The hospital is now heavily guarded and Chen says no US officials have remained with him at the hospital as they had promised.
- Teng Biao (@tengbiao), Chen's lawyer, had a series of telephone conversations with Chen from around 8:30 pm to 10:15 pm when he was in hospital. According to their telephone messages, Teng advised Chen to call the US embassy to make his wishes clear. Chen says that the tried, but no one picked up the phone.
- Channel 4 News journalists spoke to Chen in hospital.
- Crowds formed outside the hospital:
- @wentommy says: 2012, the whole world fails to save a blind person.
- @cctvWeb says: Holding [an dissident's] wife and children as hostage is the party's tradition. It is so wrong to believe there is a little sig of mercy in this ruling party.
- @dc_b says: Now, yes I mean right now, anyone in Beijing who sees this tweet, please go to Chaoyang hospital and stay with Chen. Close your computer and just go. There is no alternative choice. There is no time to loss. Nobody knows what happens next.
- This screenshot from U.S. Department of State shows US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's response to Chen's case.
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