A video address released after he escaped the clutches of local family planning and Communist Party officials who had him under house arrest, has forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng calling on China to end its practice of forced abortions.
In a video address to China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, Chen described the repeated beatings he suffered and expressed concerned for his family. A CNN report, below, featured an English translation of the video and more details about the daring escape.
“Although I’m free, my worries are only deepening,” he said. “My wife, mother and children are still in their evil hands. They have been persecuting my family for a long time and my escape would only prompt them into a mode of revenge.”
“They broke into my house and more than a dozen men assaulted my wife,” he said. “They pinned her down and wrapped her in a comforter, beating and kicking her for hours. They also similarly violently assaulted me.”
“Those people stand at the four corners of my house, spy on my family and monitor what we do,” he said. “They installed floodlights and surveillance cameras around my house.”
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