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Your ChiCom repression of the day

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 20, 2008 07:06 PM

Photoshop – Lundesigns

The ChiComs get a another gold medal for Olympic tyranny. Ruthlessly perfect 10s across the board:

Two elderly Chinese women who applied to hold a protest during the Olympics were ordered to spend a year in a labor camp, a relative said Wednesday. Police later squelched a pro-Tibet demonstration.

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 government-backed neighborhood group, said Li Xuehui, the son of one of the women.

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

“Wang Xiuying is almost blind and disabled. What sort of re-education through labor can she serve?” Li said in a telephone interview. “But they can also be taken away at any time.”

And more:

Five Americans have been detained in Beijing following a pro-Tibetan protest in which they spelled out “Free Tibet” with blue lights near China’s national stadium, The New York Times is reporting.

The activists, members of Students of a Free Tibet, have not been in contact with their organization since their arrest on Tuesday, the Times reported.

The Beijing Olympics have witnessed several demonstrations against China, Reuters reported Wednesday. According to the Times report, Students for a Free Tibet alone has staged seven protests involving 37 people in China since the beginning of the games.

“I’d … like to emphasize that in China, activities that support Tibet independence will be strongly condemned by the Chinese people and will not be welcomed,” Qin Gang, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters Wednesday.

Human Rights in China, a New York-based activist group told Reuters that 24 protesters had been detained or put under watch before the Olympics opened.

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