Christian Newswire reports that Leading activist, He Peirong told Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRCF) that blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng has escaped house arrest.
Yaxue Cao, a key Chinese human rights activist who has been advocating on behalf of Chen Guangcheng, told WRWF that she spoke with Chen's nephew, Chen Kegui who told her that his mother had overheard guards saying that Chen Guangcheng had "disappeared" from his home, where he had been under strict house arrest. Neither villagers nor family members knew where he was.
He Peirong also told WRWF that she helped Chen escape to an undisclosed location outside of Shandong. She said that his health is stable, but she fears he is in danger. She also stated that the fate of Chen's wife, mother, daughter and son may be in jeopardy as well.
A further alarming development is that on the night of Thursday, April 26, Chen's brother (Kegui's father) was also seized by a band of thugs, led by Zhang Jian (the head of the township). Kegui defended his parents using kitchen knives and injured the thugs, who ran away. Kegui then walked outside the village to surrender himself to the police. As he was standing outside the village, he told Cao that he fears for the lives of Chen Guangcheng and his family, and for his own life.