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June 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Chen Guangcheng’s mother, brother talk after China pulls security from Dongshigu

For 19 months, plainclothes guards had roughed up or chased away journalists and activists who tried to visit Chen Guangcheng in his home village of Dongshigu. Then in the middle of the night last weekend – June 2, by most accounts, two weeks after Chen had flown to exile in the United States -- the sentry huts at the front of the village were torn down and the rings of surveillance dismantled. On Saturday, his brother and mother spoke to a reporter.

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