Olympic Protest Grannies Escape Punishment As Order Revoked

From AFP:

Two Chinese grandmothers sentenced to re-education through labour for applying to protest during the Olympics will escape punishment as the order has been rescinded, a rights group said Saturday.

The Beijing municipal committee which sentenced them less than two weeks ago revoked its order on Friday, said Human Rights in China.

Neighbours Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, were handed the one-year punishment after they asked several times for permission to protest in one of the three areas where authorities said they would allow such activities during the Olympic Games.

The elderly women said they wanted to protest as they had not received compensation after their homes were demolished by the Beijing city government seven years ago.

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