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2/10/11 China (Telegraph) – A blind Chinese activist, who was freed from jail last year but remains under strict house arrest, was reportedly beaten senseless after releasing a video that documented his plight.
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 By Malcolm Moore, Shanghai 4:41PM GMT 10 Feb 2011
Supporters of Chen Guangcheng, 39, greeted the news of his release from prison with glee last September.

Mr Chen, a self-taught lawyer, was jailed for four years after denouncing local government officials in Shandong province for forcing thousands of women to undergo sterilisation or to abort their pregnancies.

Following his release Mr Chen was immediately placed under strict house arrest.

Only his 76-year-old mother was allowed to leave the home in order to buy food.

In response, Mr Chen recorded a video in which he detailed the measures taken against him.

“I was in a small prison and now I am in a larger prison,” he said, his first words to the outside world since 2006.

He said 22 agents monitored him at all times and that devices had been placed in the homes next door to jam his mobile phone signal.

China Aid, a United States-based Christian human rights group, said they had obtained the video from a “reliable government source” who was outraged by Mr Chen’s treatment.

However, reports suggested Mr Chen had paid a high price for smuggling out the video. China Human Rights Defenders, another NGO, said an “inside source” had confirmed to them that Mr Chen and his wife had been beaten senseless in punishment.

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