Chinese Activist Escapes House Arrest

    In this image made from video released Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, by China Aid Association, Chinese activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng speaks in Dongshigu village, Shandong province, China in January, 2011. A secretly made video of Chen released Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011,  was smuggled out of his home and given to a U.S.-based rights group. (AP Photo/China Aid Association)

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    Chen Guangcheng, one of China’s best-known dissidents, has escaped from house arrest and is reportedly under American protection at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Chen released a YouTube video addressed to Premier Wen Jiabao from an undisclosed location, though supporters say he’s safe in Beijing. Chen, a blind activist who campaigned against forced abortions and has been under house arrest since September 2010, called attention to the brutal treatment of his family members and the corrupt Chinese government.

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