Here are a couple of plum news articles from the past few days.
For the Olympics, China designated "safe zones" where people supposedly can protest approved things. They were announced just before the games started, but you needed to apply for a permit to protest anything... which would take at least 10 days to process. HA. Apparently the three protest zones are hard to find and secretive.
And here is the kicker - two ladies* in their late 70s who applied for permits have been sentenced to one year in a reeducation camp. In the words of Ms. Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama, no I am not shitting you. Let a hundred flowers bloom, right?
Some Americans - crazy as it would seem - decided to try to protest against China's "involvement" in Tibet even without a permit. And then were promptly thrown in jail. Granted, these people probably should be doing time in prison for just being exceptionally stupid, but still.
Those women must have lived through some crazy times. It is one thing to stand up against the government, but it is a whole other thing to stay brave and strong after you lived through the Great Leap Forward.