April 27th, 2012
01:30 AM ET

Blind Chinese activist escapes from house arrest, friend says

A prominent blind Chinese activist has made a dramatic escape from house arrest in Shandong province and fled to Beijing, a friend and fellow activist said Friday.

Chen Guangcheng was driven to Beijing on Sunday after evading his guards, according to He Peirong, his friend who says she traveled with him.

Chen, 40, had prepared for his escape for months, He Peirong said, by lying in bed for prolonged periods so that the guards wouldn't be suspicious if they didn't see any activity from him for a long time.

Once escaped, Chen asked He Peirong and a few other activists for help, according to He Peirong. They met him at a rendezvous point, and then drove him to Beijing and hid him in a safe house, she said.

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  1. raven

    I see, said the blind man, to his deaf wife.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Not being in prison does not make him free.I'm glad Mr. Chen is no longer confined to a cell.I hope he experiences FREEDOM in his lifetime tho.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. ron

    Run Spot, run! See Spot run? (anybody old enough to remember this)?

    April 27, 2012 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. PEDO BEAR

    One blind Chen, one blind Chen,
    See how he runs, see how he runs,
    He tried to steal the emperor's yen,
    Who plucked out his eyeballs with a chinese hen,
    Did you ever read such a story on CNN,
    As one blind Chen?

    April 27, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. ron

    @ PEDO BEAR: Well played grasshopper!

    April 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. JerseyJeff

    Some of those guards must have helped or just "looked the other way"

    April 27, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    I'm an evil man. I found the headline hilarious. Many, many tasteless jokes came to mind. Such as....well, I'm sure he won't get far........how do they know he escaped, maybe he just accidentally wandered off on his way to the bathroom......and many more too crude to post here. Kudos, all of you, for not going down that road.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ BOMBO ©

      Believe my friend, it was very difficult, but I resisted the urge this time.

      April 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pete

    Was his escape route done in braille,he must of fingered it out to be free now.But really ,how much did it cost???Do ya think a blind man,hiding out in Beijing,would stand out in a crowd or is everybody blind there also,geez!!!Must be that MATRIX outfit,that's it,they all look the same....

    April 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |