During his Thursday evening broadcast, Beck turned to the plight of the blind Chinese dissident who is desperate to flee China with his family and seek asylum in the Untitled States. His only crime? Chen Guangcheng, a lawyer, opposes his government’s policy of aborting children to keep families within their one-child quota. This crime has subjected Chen to numerous human rights abuses. A political prisoner for years under house arrest, Chen and his wife have been subject to multiple beatings by China’s guard. The Daily Beast’s Melinda Lieu spoke with Chen on the phone, below is just a small part of the chilling story he told her.
Our home was surrounded by guards, lots of guards. Our friends weren’t allowed to visit. If we tried to go out we’d be beaten, often with clubs.” Security personnel had even escorted his young daughter to and from school; Chen and his wife hadn’t seen their son for two years before their reunion at the hospital.
Chen escaped house arrest and fled to the U.S. embassy for help, only to be turned away, presumably to preserve diplomatic relations leading up to an American-Chinese summit. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with the rest of the administration are asserting that Chen left the embassy of his own accord, when it turns out he was told by U.S. officials that his family would be tortured if he remained at the embassy or took asylum. To make matters worse, he sustained injuries during his initial escape and now cannot walk as a result — leaving him both sightless and without the use of his legs. No doubt an unsettlingly vulnerable state to be in when one is assailed by the Chinese government.
Beck then congratulated President Obama for all he does in furthering the cause of human rights around the world. He also posited that the administration’s decision not to help could have something to do with Chen’s pro-life stance.