Chinese Activist Who Fled House Arrest Lands in US

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest in April and has been allowed to come to the U.S. to study at New York University

Chen Guangcheng at Beijing U.S. Embassy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng (chuhn gwahng-chuhng) says everybody should fight against injustice.

Chen arrived Saturday evening at his temporary home in New York City. He will be staying with his family in an apartment at New York University. Chen arrived in the U.S. earlier Saturday, hours after he was hurriedly taken from a Chinese hospital and put on a plane.

He addressed a cheering crowd through a translator and thanked the U.S. and Chinese governments.

Chen escaped from his village in April and was given sanctuary inside the U.S. Embassy after seven years of prison and house arrest. He is planning to study law at NYU. But before that, he says he is planning to spend time recuperating.

Chen was on crutches, his right leg in a cast.


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