After serving a 51-month sentence for disturbing public order, blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was released in September 2010, but has been kept under house arrest for more than a year by local police in Linyi, Shandong province.
During the Jasmine crackdown in February this year, Chen's house was raided by a group of men who took away his computer, television, camera, books and documents and cut off his power and telephone line. They also injured the blind men and his wife. As the house arrest is extended to his 6-year old daughter, she cannot even attend school.
Female activists robbed, beaten and dumped
What can be done to free Chen Guangcheng and his family? Mainland Chinese activists have been discussing this, and other cases of violence against activists campaigning to free Chen, among themselves recently.
Yesterday two female activists @miaojue12 and @lss007 tried to enter Linyi village but were robbed and dumped in a nearby county, a few hours away.
@miaojue, an AIDS activist and a Buddhist nun, urged for help this morning [zh] in an Internet cafe:
@lss007 briefly wrote [zh] what she had been through this morning:
6-year-old daughter illegally detained
This is not the first time activists have been beaten by government sponsored gangs. Back in January @pearlher had similar experience when she attempted to enter the village.
Since early September 2011, she has been exploring different ways to help Chen's family, such as appealing to @UNICEF and reporting to the Shandong Education Bureau [zh]:
@pearlher: @UNICEF Chinese blind lawyer Chen guangcheng's 6-year-old daughter, Chen Kesi, was not allowed to attend school for her father's activities
因為從事計生維權活動，陳光誠的六歲的女兒受父親牽連，被囚禁在家不能上學，呼籲網友持續電話山东教育厅，請他們教育法，切實保障陳光誠六歲的女兒的教育權。山东省教育厅电话：（0531）－81916615或81916623 或81916632 或81916500
She has also urged public intellectuals to say something for Chen Guangcheng and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. A dozen videos have been uploaded to various sharing sites including youku, but have since been deleted.
Below is a YouTube backup copy of the first video appeal, made by a Tsinghua professor, Qin Hui:
Qin said in the video:
I have heard that a local government authority in Shandong has been illegally oppressing citizen Chen Guangcheng. I don't think such idea is coming from our country's leaders. The grassroots goons are acting outside the law. I suggest to prosecute them. Nevertheless, the blind man Chen Guangcheng, who have been fighting for justice, the fact that he has to go through all these, is the humiliation of our country and our time.
Diplomatic pressure needed
However, all these individual efforts have been in vain as the Shandong government only care about its stability maintenance budget. @wenyunchao believes [zh] that only diplomatic pressure can help:
@pearlher's latest idea [zh] follows a similar line of thought:
@pearlher: @USA_China_Talk 白宫将开通请愿网站 we the people，一旦请愿书附议人数达到限额（暂定5千人），白宫就会处理并给予正式答复。偶们找5000個人簽名要求駱家輝大使去山东看陳光誠，可以么？