Chen Guangcheng, whose given name means "Light, Truth," has become a powerful symbol of a common man standing up to the state. The following collection of Chen images, many widely circulated online, vividly illustrates the powerful emotional reaction his situation elicited from many Chinese netizens. Despite widespread censorship, Chinese Internet users are skilled at evading the controls and expressing themselves with creativity and humor. Since Chen was released from prison and placed under de facto house arrest in 2010, numerous cartoons, drawings, photographs, and other images created by supporters have helped bring his story from rural Shandong province to millions of people in China and around the world.
Above: At the "Dark Glasses. Portrait" website, supporters can upload photos of themselves in dark glasses in a show of solidarity with Chen. More than 500 people inside China and around the world have uploaded photos so far.