'China's authoritarian system is doomed', says blind dissident Chen Guangcheng

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 09:30 hrs

Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said that after pondering over the future of the authoritarian system he escaped in China he came to a defiant conclusion that 'it's doomed'.

He said that 'it was an inevitability of history, whether the party likes it or not', adding that 'once the people are waking up, change is coming for sure.'

According to the Herald Sun, the 41-year-old legal activist spoke to an international news agency ahead of receiving a human rights award in Washington on Tuesday.

Despite assurances from the Chinese government that the persecution he and his family faced from officials in Shandong province would be investigated and the results made public, Chen complained that so far nothing has happened.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said that 'not only that, but officials have actually been promoted, and the persecution of his family members continued.'

While Chen said that persecution of his elder brother has eased, his nephew Chen Kegui was sentenced in December to three years in prison, accused of attacking officials with a knife.

The US said it had urged China not to exact further retribution against Chen's relatives, and Beijing has said it would abide by Chinese law.

Chen said that he felt very good about life in the US. He lives in university-provided housing in lower Manhattan, with his wife, Yuan Weijing, daughter Kesi, 7, and son Kerui, 9, who attend public schools. In China, the family had been forced to live apart.

He said that 'American people are very kind to him and very warm. They have a strong sense of justice'.

Like other Chinese rights activists who have left the country, it could be tough for Chen to get permission to return. He's a stinging critic of authoritarian rule and has now achieved world renown.

On Tuesday, Chen will be feted at a ceremony on Capitol Hill by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, which was named for the late US Republican Tom Lantos, who was a Holocaust survivor and prominent human rights advocate, the report added. (ANI)

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