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Chen Guangcheng, human rights activist who cannot see

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng called on support for US President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2020. The visually impaired human rights activist urged other countries to join Trump’s “fight for our future” and to stop Chinese Communist Party “aggression”. Chen, who is known for speaking out  against forced abortions under China’s one-child policy, fled to the US in 2012 with the help of American diplomats during the administration of former president Barack Obama. His escape sparked a diplomatic crisis between Beijing and Washington.

Chen Guangcheng 2020 RNC Speech Transcript here:

Chen Guangcheng: (00:00)
Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng.

Chen Guangcheng: (00:04)
Standing up to tyranny is not easy, I know. When I spoke out against China’s one-child policy and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese Communist Party, the CCP. In April, 2012, I escaped and was given shelter in the American Embassy in Beijing. I’m forever grateful to the American people for welcoming me and my family to the United States, where we are now free.

Chen Guangcheng: (01:00)
The CCP is an enemy of humanity. It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the wellbeing of the world. In China, expressing beliefs or ideas not approved by the CCP, religion, democracy, human rights, can lead to prison. The nation lives under mass surveillance and censorship. The US must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP’s aggression.

Chen Guangcheng: (02:01)
President Trump had led on this and we need the other countries to join him in this fight, a fight for our future. Standing up to fight unfairness isn’t easy, I know, so does president Trump, but he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world.

Chen Guangcheng: (02:43)
Thank you.

Courtesy: Rev.com: https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/chen-guangcheng-2020-rnc-speech-transcript

and South China Morning Post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqyWvgRLdCk

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