After fleeing house arrest for two weeks, blind Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng says he has not seen any of his friends since his stay in the hospital, despite many people having come to visit him. This is contrary to what CCP officials had agreed to when Mr Chen left the US embassy late last week.
Chen said that he heard many people had come to visit him, but were not allowed to come in. He has not seen a single friend until now. He says it is inconceivable.
Since Chen was admitted to Chaoyang Hospital in Beijing for treatment of a broken foot suffered during his daring escape, over 400 police have been dispatched to guard him, according to a hospital worker.
Many rights activists who have attempted to visit him in the past week have been arrested, and media have been restrained to a narrow interview area.
Many petitioners outside the hospital told the media of their respect for Chen Guangcheng for helping disadvantaged groups in upholding their basic human rights. At the same time they had the chance to tell their own stories. But the police expelled them too.
Mr Chen says that he will not tolerate this restriction on his freedom to see friends, and the situation must not continue like this. He has expressed his demand to the authorities to immediately stop forbidding him from seeing his private friends and the public.
Mr Chen said he has asked Mr. Guo, the Deputy Secretary of the National Appeals Office to let him see his visitors. But Mr. Guo, who has been sent by the CCP Central to contact Mr Chen four times, said that right now it is too sensitive. He cannot see his visitors now, but he will be allowed to later for sure.
Two weeks ago Mr Chen escaped from his extra-judicial house arrest, and fled to the US embassy in Beijing. Now in Chao Yang hospital he has been encircled by national security police, who have created another virtual jail for him in the hospital.