Friday, August 8, 2008

Why Chinese Oppression Matters

WANG Xiaoning
Sentence: 10 years in prison plus 2 years deprivation of political rights
Internet writer and dissident, arrested on September 1, 2002 and charged with subversion for articles published online between 2000 and 2002. Wang was sentenced to ten years in prison and two years’ deprivation of political rights on July 25, 2003 after Yahoo! supplied his user information to Chinese authorities. He is currently being held in Beijing No. 2 Prison and has reportedly been tortured.

This is the bio from the Pen Site of just one prisoner of honesty in China. As the Olympics begin today I am thinking only about my friend Mr Shen who is in prison for simply praying an unauthorized rosary in China. As we begin the games it is important to realize that in China poets and writers are doing what we are supposed to do- being prophetic.