Yet another activist sentenced in China

Li Tie, who is a Chinese activist and writer, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, according to the Washington Post. He is another activist who has been jailed amidst the Communist Party’s crackdown on dissidents, since there is a “scheduled leadership change this year.” Normally, leadership changes in China are closed affairs; however, there has not been one in this new age where everyone is empowered because of the Internet. And this has the Communist Party worried, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Washington Post, Li was sentenced because of essays he posted on the Internet demanding a greater democratic society.  He is not the only activist who has been jailed.  Recently, there have been a high number of activists jailed for speaking out against the government.

This needs to stop.  I don’t think the government understands that trying to silence someone, will only make them stronger.  It will not silence them; it will only make them louder.  The Internet is a “beast” that cannot be tamed.  It gives voices to people who seldom have one.  And it exposes the truth, whether you like it or not.

Imprisoning activists will not silence them.  The Chinese people are fighting for their rights, and it is in the governments best interest to listen because eventually they will overcome those in power- and it just depends, does the government want it done peacefully or not?


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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