Details on how a blind Chinese activist under house arrest could escape and make it all the way to Beijing and, allegedly, to the American embassy have begun to emerge.
Chen Guangcheng reportedly faked being sick for long periods of time, so the guards assigned to guard his house would grow complacent. He started spending days at a time inside his house so the guards would be used to not seeing him. It was April 21 when Chen was left unattended, and the activist took the opportunity to scale the wall surrounding his house and escape. This is all according to Bob Fu, of the ChinaAid organisation. Guard apparently didn't realize Chen was gone until five days after he had made his escape.
"He did try to dig a tunnel but he scratched that plan," said Fu. "The successful plan happened when he was able to pretend he was lying on his bed." Once he was over the wall, Chen evaded guards before meeting with a friend who drove him into Beijing. He is allegedly being protected at the U.S. embassy, but the State Department still won't confirm Chen's location.
Concerns are also rising for Chen's friends and family, who are being rounded up by the Chinese government. Chen's wife and daughter remain under house arrest, and other family members have either been detained, or officials are looking for them. He Peirong, a friend of Chen's who apparently drove him to Beijing, is believed to have been detained by Chinese authorities. Another activist, Hu Jia, was picked up by Chinese officials on Saturday after saying he spoke with Chen after his escape. Hu was released by authorities on Sunday.