Rex-Imperator wrote:a 47 year old woman can't even protest... to the face of the Chinese President...
Rex, I hope your "Tough break huh?" comment was meant as sarcasm. Just in case it's not, though, let me point out:
Sure she can. And in fact she did.
Was she shot or clubbed when she began to speak? No.
Was she immediately silenced to prevent Hu any embarrassment? No, apparently she kept speaking for "several minutes" before being forcibly removed.
Was she beaten up by police while being removed, or afterward? Apparently not.
Was she taken away to be dealt with in secret? No, dozens of supporters were present when she was arraigned.
Is she rotting away in prison now? No, she was released almost immediately.
Does she face severe punishment if eventually convicted? No, the maximum possible sentence would be six months in prison and a $5,000 fine, and that's unlikely. Not to mention that the charges against her no doubt generated more publicity for her cause, which is what she wants (with good reason; her cause deserves attention).
So what's the beef here? That she wasn't permitted to shout at Hu for as long as she wanted to? How practical would it be to permit that? That there were criminal charges? What future for our political process and tradition of public discourse if every public speaker must be subject to heckling from opponents, at the hecklers' whim, without penalties?
The U.S. Government has done some inexcusable things in the past few years, unjustly abridging sacred rights and bringing shame on itself and its passively-consenting citizens. But this is not such a case. Getting all indignant about an incident that was actually, from all appearances, handled appropriately and came off fairly well for the protestor, will not help improve the situation.