Blog Your Blessing : Beijing6 Activisits

They are jailing Americans in China for speaking their mind and participating in peaceful demonstrations about human rights abuses in China. Some will blame the individuals who were detained for their own imprisonment. While they certainly knew the chances of spending time in jail were high, their commitment to a free Tibet, and freedom of speech overrode their sense of self-preservation.

Such is the remorseless progression of human society, shedding lives and souls as it goes on its way. It is an ocean into which men sink who have been cast out by the law and consigned, with help most cruelly withheld, to moral death. The sea is the pitiless social darkness into which the penal system casts those it has condemned, an unfathomable waste of misery. The human soul, lost in those depths, may become a corpse. Who shall revive it? -- Victor Hugo
Help Revive the Soul and Free the Land of Tibet

Remember why they went, and keep in mind - Americans get 10 days jail, Chinese grannies get one year forced labor, and Tibetans get shot.
For more information, please visit the FreeTibet2008 website.

Breaking news:

BEIJING (AP) (45 minutes ago) — The U.S. Ambassador to China is pressing Chinese officials to immediately release eight Americans who were detained for holding pro-Tibet protests during the Olympics.

Ambassador Clark T. Randt Jr. says in a statement Sunday that Beijing should demonstrate respect for human rights and free speech.

He says U.S. officials are "disappointed that China has not used the occasion of the Olympics to demonstrate greater tolerance and openness."

Randt says consular officials had met with eight Americans who were detained last week by Chinese authorities.

Chinese authorities say the Americans will be released after 10 days detention. The U.S. statement says the detainees have not claimed any maltreatment at the hands of Chinese officials.

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Keep these citizen journalists, bloggers and activists in your thoughts. Remember what is happening to these Americans is nothing compared to what happens to ordinary citizens every day under Chinese rule.

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