(IRISH TIMES) — CHEN GUANGCHENG, the blind “barefoot lawyer” forcibly detained in his home since his release from prison in September 2010, has made a daring escape from captivity. There were unconfirmed reports that he had taken shelter in the US embassy in Beijing.

Mr Chen, probably China’s best-known political activist, has presented the Chinese government in Beijing with a difficult challenge by posting a video online appealing to premier Wen Jiabao for help in resolving his case.

“Dear Premier Wen, it was not easy for me to escape. I can confirm that all the rumours on the internet about the violence done to me at Linyi were all the truth. The actual facts are even worse than the rumours you know from the internet,” said Mr Chen.

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