We know that, in the interests of a harmonious society, the Chinese authorities do not like protests. There is a law that punishes people for :picking quarrels and provoking trouble. Yet if something is wrong in Chinese society and its improvement is consistent with stated government policy, how can it be wrong to draw attention to it, especially on special days? China's Police will soon need to decide whether to pursue charges against, or release, five feminist activists whose detention has been criticised by Western governments and human-rights groups. The five women were apprehended by Beijing police just ahead of planned protests on March 8th, International Women’s Day. They had campaigned in the past against domestic violence and for more public toilets for women. Chinese authorities have long taken a dim view of organised protests. If prosecuted, the women could be imprisoned for up to five years. Yet surely domestic violence against women must be highlighted and campaigned against? I am all for more public toilets for all, and better quality! These are good matters for China to address. Please let these women go and also please listen to their problems. This is important for China's progress isn't it in the new China?
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