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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 20, 2012 11:37 AM
Never back to China and be rotten in US!!!!


by: wen from: china
May 20, 2012 10:40 AM
Maybe chinese government accept chenguangcheng,but chinese can't accept him some day.


by: TRUTH-richeon from: China
May 20, 2012 1:57 AM
I just did not understand why the author added quotation marks "restraint and calm". To show the democracy in America? Don't fool others! BE objective, OK. The U.S. government just use this poor blind man to achieve its political purpose. Chinese people may have some problems in our daily lives. So do you. You just want transfer people's attention to China from your terrible economy and disability. We chinese did not move your cheese. We are one of the most dilligent nation in the world. Lots of People here works more than 8 hours a day to afford their families. We earn the fortune through our own hands. Fix your own problem by yourself, ok. President obama, you need some change in your mind.


by: Mary Wilson from: USA
May 20, 2012 12:11 AM
USA should help its own citizen illegally blocked in China for 4 years come home!!!
https://www.change.org/petitions/help-my-father-dr-zhicheng-hu-come-home


by: xu from: china
May 19, 2012 11:56 PM
it is amusing a Chinese blind needs the help of uS

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