Blind Chinese dissident video now in English

Blind activist calls on Chinese leaders to protect his family.

Blind activist, Chen Guangcheng, asks in a new video just translated into English if the Chinese central government is violating human rights and the law.

For years, Chen has been a symbol of courage and defiance in an authoritarian country ruled by a single-party government.

After his escape, Chen announced his freedom in a video posted on YouTube.

Chen is a self-trained lawyer who was blinded while a child after having an untreated fever.

He was jailed after he exposed forced abortions and sterilizations, then put under house arrest with his family.

During his house arrest, he documented his confinement where visitors were violently forced to leave by undercover security agents.

Over the past few years, a stream of dissidents and celebrities have tried to reach Chen, with no success.  Even actor Christian Bale was roughed-up by guards and turned away.

Which leaves how Chen escaped all the more mysterious.

For weeks, Chen pretended to be sick, hoping his jailers would lower their guard.

In the middle of the night, dissident friends helped him over a wall and into a car and drove him to Beijing -- and presumambly to the US Embassy.

ChinaAid, an organization based in Texas that works closely with Chinese dissidents, said "he is now in a 100 percent safe place."

But the US government is in a crisis with a planned visit for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to China this week.

Last year, Clinton said in a speech that the US speaks out publicly and privately for "lawyers, artists or others who are detained or disappeared."

It's worse for China because it's embroiled in scandal during a transfer of power within the Communist Party. Just a week ago it purged the heir apparent to the leadership among accusations of corruption and even murder.

For America, Obama needs China -- a veto-wielding member of the UN's Security Council -- on a host of issues from North Korea, Iran, Syria and territorial disputes in the South Asian seas.

The Chinese people are forbidden to discuss Chen and internet sites have blocked mentioned of his name, his home-town, "blind activist" and even his initials.

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