China Sentences 2 Elderly Women to Labor for Seeking to Protest

The International Herald Tribune has another report about would-be protesters who have been thwarted as they apply for permission to demonstrate — this time, two women in their late-70s, one of whom is almost blind, have been sent to labor camp:

Two women in their late 70s have been sentenced to a year of “” after they repeatedly sought a permit to demonstrate in one of the official Olympic protest areas, according to family members and human rights advocates.

The women, Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, had made five visits to the police this month in an effort to obtain permission to protest what they contended was inadequate compensation for the demolition of their homes in Beijing. During their final visit, on Monday, Public Security officials informed them that they had been given administrative sentences for “disturbing the public order,” according to Li Xuehui, Wu’s son.

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