By Yining Su
The nephew of Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist famous for his dramatic escape from house arrest last year, is being denied urgent medical care in prison, according to the New York Times.
According to his father, Chen Kegui has acute appendicitis but prison officials are refusing take him to hospital.
Chen Kegui is serving a three year sentence for attacking a government official who had entered his home to search for his uncle, who had by escaped from illegal house arrest. The trial was plagued by irregularities.
Though Chen Guangcheng and his wife and children are safely in the United States, where Chen is studying law at NYU, his extended family in China is still being harassed. The refusal to give proper medical treatment to Chen Kegui is not the only trouble authorities are giving the Chen family, though it may be the worst.
According to Chen Kegui’s father, Chen Guanfu, in the past few weeks, which happen to be the one year anniversary of Chen Guangcheng’s escape:
[The] thugs hired to keep watch over him and his extended family have been tossing bricks, beer bottles and dead chickens into their courtyard at night and placing funereal paper money at their doorstep to intimidate them. During one such attack earlier this week, Mr. Chen says, he tried calling the police but found that his cellphone had been remotely disabled.