Calls to Free Blind Activist Met With Violence; Videos by Supporters Posted Online

Activist Chen Guangcheng was released from prison last year and has since been held under tight house arrest, during which he and his wife have endured beatings and their young daughter has been prohibited from attending school. Chinese activists who have tried to visit Chen and his family have been forcibly prevented from entering his village and in some cases beaten. Global Voices has translated the accounts by two such activists posted on Twitter:

Yesterday two female activists @miaojue12 and @lss007 tried to enter Linyi village but were robbed and dumped in a nearby county, a few hours away.
@miaojue, an AIDS activist and a Buddhist nun, urged for help this morning [zh] in an Internet cafe:
求救:我和沙沙昨晚在东师古村口,束手就擒,被约莫二十多个山东大汉拖拽到一间黑屋,除了身上的衣服,手机,背包钱物等被洗劫一空。被黑头套,丢到莱芜市苗山旷野。我在马路遇见一个好心司机送我到苗山镇,还给了我十元钱,请推友慈悲联系同来的三推友前来救我,我饥寒交迫身无分文他们电话珍珠有。
Please help: Last night @lss007 and I were caught at Dongshi town Guchuan village. Around us were 20 big Shandong guys who surrounded us and dragged us to a dark house. They took off our clothes, stole our cell phones and money. They covered our heads with bags and threw us out (separately) from the car in the middle of nowhere at Laiwu city, Miaoshan town. I ran into a good hearted driver who drove me to Miaoshan and gave me 10 RMB. Please help to contact three of my Twitter friends (who were in Linyi) to come here and help. I don’t have any money with me and am now starving. Pearlher has their phone numbers.
@lss007 briefly wrote [zh] what she had been through this morning:
被抓出车,被抢劫,被猥亵,被黑头套,被用大衣闷,被拉到荒郊,被推进水中,被打流血,被丢弃。
I was dragged out of the car, robbed, harassed, had a bag tied to my head, was suffocated with a jacket, thrown out into a field, in a pool of water. I was bleeding from the beating, and dumped in the middle of nowhere.
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