So the Olympics is nearly over.
Didn’t see much of it myself but I did manage to catch Usain Bolt’s remarkable world records.
China’s hosting of the Games has been controversial.
At the start, pro Tibetan protesters unfurled banners at the Birds Nest stadium. As foreigners they were deported.
The Chinese government has allowed for 3 protest zones – away from the Olympic action – for the Chinese to complain during the Olympics. Protesters though have been largely absent as virtually all protests – they have to be applied for – have been refused. And any protestors that speak to foreign media are being arrested.
Two elderly neighbours, Wang Xiuying and Wu Dianyuan, wished to use the protest zone to complain about their forced eviction from their homes in 2001, and tried to get permits four times from the authorities.
Both protesters are nearly eighty. Mrs Wang is nearly blind, registered disabled and does not have electricity in her new home. Both Mrs Wang and Mrs Wu walk with the aid of a stick.
When they turned up at the zones they were arrested.
Now these two elderly women have been sentenced to a year’s “re-education through labour” for their troubles.
Basically a year in a prison camp with hard labour. Although the Chinese government are now saying they will serve their sentence without being incarcerated, probably due to the international attention over the Olympics.
What a way to remember the Olympics!
It just goes to show that the Olympics still are one of the most political events in the world.