It's not just America that needs change

This morning I was horrified to read that the Chinese government is threatening to send two elderly women to reeducation camps for, get this, applying to hold a legal protest.

Yes. Two frail women in their seventies are being threatened with hard labor because they asked permission to criticize their government for seizing their homes and not compensating them.

Forget for a second that these women are old and frail and that their punishment, should it be given, is hard labor, which would be difficult and excruciating for even the young and healthy.

The very things they are being punished for violate two provisions of something dear to all Americans, the Bill of Rights.

Amendment I

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble."

Amendment V

"...nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."

My point is that if the US government ever tried what China is threatening to do it would lead to the Supreme Court case of the century.

I wish I could eloquently describe my discontent with a regime using such brutal repressive tactics against its own citizens. However, it's difficult to make something that is so purely emotional eloquent and logical. But I trust that anybody with human decency realizes how wrong this is. Not merely as American citizens, but as progressives and believers in human rights

In my previous diary I talked about hosting the 1978 World Cup helped expose the atrocities committed by the Argentine military junta and was influential in its downfall and how we should take advantage of the Beijing Olympics to do something similar. I'm going to repeat that plea, here.

I may just be a bleeding-heart, naïve child, who has an inadequate grasp of world affairs but I don't think any human deserves to be treated this way and it needs to change.

Tags: china, Olympics (all tags)

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Re: It's not just America that needs change

Thanks for bringing attention to this.

by cameoanne 2008-08-21 07:11PM | 0 recs

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