Blind Chinese activist's brother sues police for barging into home

BEIJING Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:44am EDT

1 of 2. Chen Guangfu (L), the eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, and their mother Wang Jinxiang (R), sit together on a couch at their family home in the village of Dongshigu in Shandong Province, located 600 km (370 miles) southeast of Beijing in this file photo taken June 9, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/David Gray

Related Topics

BEIJING (Reuters) - The eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng said on Wednesday he is suing the police and the local government that oversees his village in northeastern China for barging into his house unlawfully after his brother's escape.

Chen Guangfu told Reuters he was suing them for "scaling the walls of his home and for wrecking his home" just after midnight on April 27, the day after they discovered Chen Guangcheng had escaped.

Chen Guangfu's lawsuit could renew international focus on China's human rights and legal system and galvanize lawyers and rights advocates to push for the rule of law in China.

After breaking free from 19 months of harsh house imprisonment in April, Chen Guangcheng sought refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing, embarrassing the Chinese authorities and sparking a diplomatic crisis between Beijing and Washington. He is now studying law in New York.

Chen Guangfu, 55, said by telephone from his village of Dongshigu he believed the actions by the police and the officials were illegal.

Chinese courts rarely accept lawsuits filed by dissidents or their relatives, and when courts do they invariably find for the government, meaning Chen Guangfu's case is almost certainly doomed to failure.

Police in Yinan county could not be reached for comment. An official in the Shuanghou township government, which oversees the village, said she had no knowledge of the lawsuit.

The news comes after Chinese police sent the case of Chen Guangcheng's nephew, Chen Kegui, charged with intentional wounding, to the state prosecutor. Chen Guangcheng said the move paves the way for what he expects will be an unfair trial.

After police took Chen Guangfu into custody on April 27, a group of about 20 men led by a local official went to his home and beat his wife and son, Chen Guangfu said. It was around this time his son, Chen Kegui, took a kitchen knife and slashed three officials.

Chen Kegui, 32, was initially charged of "intentional homicide". On Tuesday, one of his lawyers, Si Weijiang, said both he and another lawyer, Ding Xikui, were again denied access to Chen.

(Additional reporting by Huang Yan; Editing by Nick Macfie)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (3)
DeanMJackson wrote:
Ladies and gentlemen, no one but a government agent would sue the police in China, which is proof that the “dissident movement” in China is manufactured by Beijing. Only a fake “dissident” would antagonize the police in a police state! What’s the purpose for manufacturing “dissidents”?

This is the purpose:

“Since at least the early 1970s, the Communist party of China has been poised to create a spectacular but controlled “democratization” at any appropriate time. The party had by then spent two decades consolidating its power, building a network of informants and agents that permeate every aspect of Chinese life, both in the cities and in the countryside. Government control is now so complete that it will not be seriously disturbed by free speech and democratic elections; power can now be exerted through the all-pervasive but largely invisible infrastructure of control. A transition to an apparently new system, using dialectical tactics, is now starting to occur.”

The last major disinformation campaign within the “Long-Range Policy” (the “new” strategy all Communist nations signed onto in 1960, recognized as the only way to defeat the West) was the fraudulent collapse of the USSR in 1991.

For more on the “Long-Range Policy”, read KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn’s 1984 book, “New Lies for Old” (available at Internet Archive). Golitsyn is the only Soviet era defector to still be under protective custody in the West. That fact alone tells one that the “collapse” of the USSR was a strategic ruse.

Oct 17, 2012 8:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jane33w wrote:
Oh, the police barged into your home? Duh, YOU’RE IN CHINA!!! Hello! Ni hau!

Oct 17, 2012 8:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:
@Janes -hahahaha

Oct 17, 2012 9:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.