Two Women, Ages 79 and 77, Sentenced to Re-education Labor After Applying for Protest Permit
Two Beijing residents were sentenced to a year of labor re- education after they applied for permits to demonstrate against their 2001 eviction from their homes, according to New York-based Human Rights in China.
Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, went to Chinese police five times between Aug. 5 and Aug. 18 to seek approval to hold a protest during the Olympics.
Sharon Hom, the advocacy group's China executive director, said in a statement that punishing the women "demonstrates that official statements touting the new Olympics 'protest zones,' as well as the permit application process, were no more than a show."
In response to international pressure, China said it would allow protests in three parks during the Aug. 8-24 Olympic Games. However, no one has been granted persmission yet. The police have received 77 applications with 74 of them withdrawn voluntarily and the three rejected, according to state news agency Xinhua.
--Ariana Eunjung Cha
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