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Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng's nephew has been denied his family's choice lawyers and his brother described being beaten.
The activist and his family are reported to have boarded a flight from Beijing to New York.
person of the year 8

Chen Guangcheng: The blind legal activist from China successfully made a daring escape from under house arrest, seeking refuge at the US embassy in Beijing and causing a diplomatic furor between the US and China. His escape highlighted China's dismal human rights record and caused the Asian regional power severe embarrassment. After extended and tense negotiations between the Americans and Chinese, Chen was allowed to leave China to study abroad.

U.S. Embassy Beijing Press