China and Chen Guangcheng


A heartening story in what is otherwise a murky and undesirable system.

More remarkably, dozens of people have tried to reach him, knowing full well that previous visitors have been beaten, detained and had their property stolen. In a powerful essay – reproduced on Comment is Free – novelist Murong Xuecun wrote of his visit: “I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted to go see him … I didn’t want my books to get banned. I didn’t want to become a ‘sensitive topic’. I’d been invited to lecture in several countries. Most importantly, I was scared. I’m scared of pain, scared of getting beaten, scared of losing my freedom.”

Extract from http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/11/wellwishers-lawyer-house-arrest-china
The original account can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/11/chen-guangcheng-china-visit

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