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​​Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng Arrives in US

Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng arrives at Washington Square Village on the campus of New York University, May 19, 2012, in New York.
Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng arrives at Washington Square Village on the campus of New York University, May 19, 2012, in New York.
Jeff Swicord
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who has fought against China's one child and forced abortion policy, has finally arrived in the United States.  From New Jersey's Newark International Airport Saturday evening, he was taken to the campus of New York University in Manhattan where he will work and live. 

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng used crutches to help him walk on the foot he injured while escaping house arrest in China.  With his wife and an American friend by his side, he was greeted with cheers at the Greenwich Village apartment complex in Manhattan where he will live.

“For the past seven years I have never had a day of rest,” he told the gathered media," said Chen.  "So I have come here in for recuperation in body and spirit.”

Chen spent seven years in a Chinese prison for his human rights activism.  Then, after enduring house arrest, he made a daring escape from his small village and was given sanctuary inside the U.S. Embassy.  His arrival in the U.S. ended a nearly month-long diplomatic dispute that has strained U.S. - Chinese relations.

“We should link our arms in the fight for the goodness in the world and to fight against injustice,” he said.

As he walked away from the microphones, a woman yelled out support for the activist.  Also in the crowd was Chai Ling, with the organization All Girls Allowed, which fights against forced abortions.

“It is such a beautiful victory for all those people fighting for justice in China.  It is a symbol of hope and victory.  It is God who has delivered him to freedom,” said Chai Ling.

Chen will be a visiting scholar at New York University.  He has said he would like to return to China some day, if the Chinese government will allow him.

  • Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng arrives at Washington Square Village on the campus of New York University, May 19, 2012, in New York.
  • Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng arrives at Washington Square Village on the campus of New York University, May 19, 2012, in New York.
  • Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng arrives at Washington Square Village on the campus of New York University, May 19, 2012, in New York.
  • Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng holds a press conference after arriving at Washington Square Village on the campus of New York University, May 19, 2012, in New York.
  • A woman is held back by security as she tries to get the attention of blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng after he arrived on the campus of New York University, May 19, 2012, in New York.

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by: Anonymous
May 21, 2012 12:39 PM
This blind brother is a bit silly but a lucky man to be benefited from this political game that played by all political opportunists. He needs to open his eye and see the reality.
He is a loser, a good example of Chinese people is one who works hard, has academic achievements or is a successful capitalist. Who is he? He is fighting to against Chinese “one child policy” Wise? Who is going to pay for the food stamps for those babies? Have we had enough of those low quality human being here? Now, we Americans are not minding our own problems but wanting to feed Chinese babies?
Are we as blind as this man? Who pays for his and his family’s expenses in US? Have we gotten a piece of treasure from China? What can he contribute to the US? Wake up Americans! Do not be blind!

by: dan
May 21, 2012 11:38 AM
read what Americans responded to this case:
http://news.yahoo.com/blind-china-activist-preparing-head-us-055818229.html

by: dan
May 21, 2012 9:30 AM
This blind brother is a bit silly but a lucky man to be benefited from this political game that played by all political opportunists. He needs to open his eye and see the reality.
He is a looser, a good example of Chinese people is one who works hard, has academic achievements or is a successful capitalist. Who is he? He is fighting to against Chinese “one child policy” Wise? Who is going to pay for the food stamps for those babies? Have we had enough of those low quality human being here? Now, we Americans are not minding our own problems but wanting to feed Chinese babies?
Are we as blind as this man? Who pays for his and his family’s expenses in US? Have we gotten a piece of treasure from China? What can he contribute to the US? Wake up Americans! Do not be blind!

by: David lulasa from: tambua location/uthiru
May 21, 2012 7:30 AM
thanks be to GOD almighty,the chinese journey was safe...his plane was not boarded by a PYJAMA BOMBER.

by: Anonymous
May 21, 2012 5:05 AM
God bless him.

He suffered long enough and deserves a rest.

by: CcyY
May 21, 2012 4:37 AM
In a sense, Chen Guangchen is very lucky,he get a chance to "study " in USA,however,what about other activists and dissidents in China and who will help them.

by: Hung from: Vietnam
May 21, 2012 3:10 AM
He is only a blind that the US wants to "support" but is is hard for US government to support brighter persons. The others can not use this blind man for a good example!

by: Anonymous
May 21, 2012 2:08 AM
cheng is just a tool

by: Anonymous
May 20, 2012 9:40 PM
Why Chen is welcomed now by U.S? Because it is valued for U.S as a good tool against China. What will be if he is not as now?

by: Observer from: Asia
May 20, 2012 2:25 PM
The fact that activist Chen Guangchen has been granted freedom fast to travel to the US to pursue his dreams indicates that China is improving well in its treatment and support of its national and the international human rights.
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