This undated photo provided by the China Aid Association is said to show blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangchen, left, visiting with a victim of a forced abortion. Chen, a well-known dissident who angered authorities in rural China by exposing forced abortions, made a surprise escape from house arrest on April 22, 2012, into what activists say is the protection of U.S. diplomats in Beijing, posing a delicate diplomatic crisis for both governments. (AP Photo/www.ChinaAid.org)
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published Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
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Since blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was being held under illegal house arrest, his only offense in escaping may have been to embarrass his captors — vengeful local officials bent on punishing him for exposing forced abortions.