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?