Chinese Government Jails Pair of Septagenarians

Congratulations to Beijing for exceeding all previous expectations of outrage.

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I really almost couldn’t believe my eyes yesterday when I read about this in the International Herald Tribune.

The article starts:

“Two elderly Chinese women who applied during the Olympic Games to protest the loss of their homes have been ordered to spend a year in a labor camp, a relative said, while police squelched a pro-Tibet demonstration early Thursday.

The women were still at home three days after being officially notified they would have to serve a yearlong term of reeducation through labor, but were under surveillance by a neighborhood watch group, said Li Xuehui, the son of one of the women.

A rights group said the threat of prison appeared to be an intimidation tactic.

Li said no cause was given for the order to imprison his 79-year-old mother, Wu Dianyuan, and her neighbor Wang Xiuying, 77.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Shame on you, Beijing.

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