Second Blind Activist Freed From Chinese Custody
Reuters is reporting that blind activist Li Guizhi, who had been in Chinese custody since attempting to enter Hong Kong to participate in the July 1st pro-democracy protests, has escaped:
Li had been petitioning authorities for years to investigate the death of her son, who died suddenly in 2006 and was quickly cremated, Liu said. She never saw her son’s dead body.
She had wanted to enter Hong Kong to petition her cause at a march held to mark the anniversary of Britain’s 1997 handover of the territory back to China, Liu added.
Li was subsequently held in a hotel room in Hebei province in northeast China weeks later and, when her guards were dozing, the relatives sneaked her out of the building, Liu Weiping, a spokesman for the alliance, said late on Thursday.
“On July 17, at around 5:00 a.m., she managed to escape her hotel room with help from her relatives. They (police) are now pressuring her family to hand her over,” Liu said.