Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

China targets activist's family

Petitioners hold up protest slogans outside the Beijing hospital where Chen Guangcheng is receiving treatment (AP)

Chinese authorities are tightening restrictions on the extended family of a blind activist whose flight from house arrest into the protection of the US embassy in Beijing set off a diplomatic dispute.

Chen Guangcheng and the Chinese Human Rights Defenders said authorities in Mr Chen's rural home town in eastern China have placed his elder brother and sister-in-law under house arrest.

Mr Chen said his mother told him by phone that police are searching for the wife of his nephew, Chen Kegui, and have threatened to detain Mr Chen's sister-in-law if the wife does not show up.

Activists who have been in contact with Mr Chen's extended family say around a dozen of his relatives are under some kind of house arrest.

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