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Chen Guangcheng Escape: EU Urges China To Show Restraint In Dealing With Blind Dissident

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CHEN GUANGCHENG ESCAPE
A pro-democracy protester holds a placard with picture of blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong Monday, April 30, 2012 as they urge Beijing government stop persecution of Chen. A U.S. rights campaigner says a deal securing U.S. asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest is expected in the coming 24 to 48 hours. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) | AP


BEIJING, April 30 (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday urged China to exercise "utmost restraint" over blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest last week and is believed to be under U.S. protection in Beijing.

"Human rights defenders should be treated in full compliance with Chinese laws and constitution," the Delegation of the European Union to China said in a statement.

"We call on the Chinese authorities to exercise utmost restraint in dealing with the matter, including avoiding harassment of his family members or any person associated with him." (Editing by Nick Macfie)

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