Monday, December 13, 2004
More Prominent Dissidents Jailed in China
As China rises to become an international player in the global economy, its internal affairs take on a new resonance. The economy is booming, perhaps even overheating, and hundreds of millions of people have enough money to live a good life, which in any politic is an important freedom. (It's only fraction of the population, but a significant enough number to attract enormous foreign investment.) But absent freedom of expression is it enough to provide long-term stability? On the low end of the scale, the peasants are increasingly protesting their poor conditions, injustices by corrupt local leaders and industrialists (the latter producing goods at the behest of foreign investment) and a spate of Chinese mining disasters in the last few weeks. I alluded to Beijing's recent crackdown on "intellectuals" (in China this seems to mean anyone in media or education who has a coherent criticism of the party) in an earlier post and today's news adds two more names to the list of dissidents under pressure.
This, from the Washington post:
Read the rest, which also reports how this has affected one of the jailed dissident's wife and her poignant comments.
UPDATE: These two dissidents were released the next day, worldwide press coverage probably had an effect on that. But the message was clear.
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