U.S. House members spoke live via mobile phone with human rights activist Chen Guangcheng in his hospital room earlier this afternoon.”I want to meet with Secretary Clinton,” he said via his translator. “I hope I can get more help from her.”
He was reached and translated by Bob Fu, the Texas-based activist who helped engineer Chen’s escape to Beijing, during a momentary adjournment.
The session was quickly resumed to hear the phonecall.
Chen said authorities had installed seven video cameras and an electric fence around his family’s home.
“I am most concerned right now for the safety of my mother and brothers,” he told the committee.
The call took place as the House’s Congressional-Executive Commission on China held an emergency hearing on recent developments in the blind lawyer’s case.
According to the Twitter feed of the Daily Telegraph’s U.S. editor, Peter Foster, Chen requested “freedom of travel” during the call and wants to come to US to rest, adding that he had not rested “for 10 years.”
He also requested a second meeting with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Foster said.
Chen’s family allegedly faced retribution from Chinese authorities for his daring escape from a compound hundreds of miles from Beijing.
After he was found missing his daughter was banned from school, Foster Tweeted.
Rep. Chris Smith said he was praying for Chen and his family.
According to the Washington Post, Chen’s translator, Fu, was a once-obscured activist now launched into the spotlight because he remotely engineered Chen’s escape to Beijing from his home near Midland, Texas.
Meanwhile, CNN reported this morning its China feed of Anderson Cooper’s AC360 was blocked as he discussed Chen’s story.
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