A dissident in China: The power of one

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The story of Chen Guangcheng illustrates how a single determined dissident in the Chinese countryside can take on a repressive government—and win

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The Barefoot Lawyer: A Blind Man’s Fight for Justice and Freedom in China. By Chen Guangcheng. Henry Holt; 352 pages; $30. Macmillan; £20.
THE departure from Beijing on May 19th 2012 of Chen Guangcheng, his wife and two children on a plane bound for America marked the end of the most dramatic story of a dissident’s escape from persecution in Communist-ruled China. Mr Chen’s flight from imprisonment in his own home, where he had been kept under watch by hundreds of guards; his arrival at the American embassy in Beijing with Chinese agents in hot pursuit; and the high-level wrangling between America and China that eventually allowed him to head into exile, had the trappings of a Hollywood thriller. And to cap it all, he is …<div class="og_rss_groups"></div>