Elderly duo face 're-education' in China

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Elderly duo face 're-education' in China

Postby deja vu on Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:49 am

Ariana Eunjung Cha

WASHINGTON POST


BEIJING–Two elderly women were sentenced to a year of "re-education through labour" after
applying for permits to demonstrate during the Olympics, according to the son of one of the
would-be protesters.

Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, went to Chinese police five times between Aug. 5
and Aug. 18 to seek approval to protest against officials who evicted them from their
homes in 2001.

The Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau did not approve or deny their applications during
the first three visits.

http://olympics.thestar.com/2008/article/482655

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Re: Elderly duo face 're-education' in China

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:57 pm

Being a senior is going to make the punishment harder to endure. The protest application process is really a screening tool for the government, going by other news reports heard and read about applicants who have applied for permits.

A pastor got taken away for interrogation; his brother had not seen him since. A doctor was interrogated, taken back by train to her home city and was interrogated by authorities there.
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Re: Elderly duo face 're-education' in China

Postby deja vu on Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:23 pm

Seems the Chinese didnt like all of the international attention the sentence brought
and have reversed their decision:

China lifts sentence for protesting grandmas
Labor camp was ordered after two sought protest permit during Olympics

BEIJING - Chinese authorities have reversed their decision and will not send two
elderly women to a labor camp after they applied for a protest permit during
the Olympics, a human rights group said Saturday.

No reason was given for the reversal, New York-based Human Rights in China
said in a statement. The Public Security Bureau had no immediate comment.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26466165/

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Postby CielOnTap on Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:05 am

A great example of how international attention can help people in a difficult situation. Wait and see if the authorities will acknowledge the other citizens and where they have been held after they had applied for their protest permits.
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