Grandmothers Sentenced to Reeducation Labor Camp Say They Are Not Afraid

Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, were told they might have to go to reeducation labor camp because they were "disturbing the public order" for applying for a protest permit during the Olympics.

The two women wanted to protest their eviction from their homes in 2001 because they believe they were not properly compensated. The temporary housing provided by the developer that kicked them out does not have electricity and is leaking.

Other applicants have been detained or have disappeared but the women said they are not afraid and will continue to fight for their rights.

On Friday morning, our news assistant Crissie Ding and I went to visit the two women and Wang's daughter, 48-year-old Wang Fengxian, at their homes in eastern Beijing.

Here is the Washington Post story about the women.

--Ariana Eunjung Cha

August 22, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  | Category:  Postmark Beijing
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Why is anyone surprised by this lie from the commies? China stated "they would allow protest during olympics" well they got the games and sent multitudes to "redeucations camps" China wants our nation/world. They want to be THE superpower! Both economically and militarily are gaining ground every day.

Posted by: NAVYsteveinWA | August 22, 2008 6:37 PM

They should go to Saudi and Egypt to protest and raise awareness about the oppressive treatment of women in these countries. Do women in these countries deserve better than lips service? While they are in M.E., why not stop by Iraq too.

Posted by: good job, how about the Saudi and Egypt | August 23, 2008 1:49 AM

I noticed that the tone of the Washington Post has been decidedly sinister and negative in their so called coverage about the Olympics. They demonize China and belittle the good things in the Games. Well, to their great disappointment, the Games went by without a major glitch. So, that leaves the Post with those pieces about the Tibet protest, the grandmas who were denied license to protest. What a pathetic bunch in that organization.

Posted by: JackReedJr | August 24, 2008 11:51 PM

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