Washington, May 25: Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has described his suffering during 20 months of house arrest in China as ‘beyond imagination’.
During his first interview after his arrival in the United States, Chen said that the Chinese Government’s persecution of his relatives and supporters had increased since he left the country.
“I’m very worried. We can see their retribution against my family since my escape has continued and been intensified,” The telegraph quoted Chen as saying.
Chen had escaped from house arrest and sought asylum in the US Embassy in Beijing, which led to a diplomatic row between the US and China.
Chen’s older brother, Chen Gangfu, was reportedly tortured after he escaped house arrest. Gangfu has also reportedly fled his village, dodging a series of guards to reach Beijing.
Chen’s nephew, Chen Kegui, has been charged with attempted murder after he drew a knife against security officials who raided his home.
Chen claimed that Kegui had suffered severe head injuries and been repeatedly beaten during his arrest.
Chen also praised the small band of supporters who helped him escape from his village. (ANI)