Imprisoning those who do not share the same point of views as the country leaders is not the only method to keep a person out of the public eye. House arrest is a popular strategy as we witness the many years of house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. In China, Zhao Ziyang was kept under house arrest after the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 when he was sympathetic toward the student demonstrators. And that’s how he spent the last fifteen years of his life (he died on January 17, 2005 after multiple strokes).

Zhao’s aid is experiencing similar fate. Bao Tong was arrested shortly before the the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989 and he was later sentenced to prison. After being released from prison in 1996, he was placed under house arrest. He continues to speak out for Zhao Ziyang. Recently, his essay was broadcasted on RFA’s Mandarin service.

RFA broadcast web postings of Bao Tong’s essay:

Speaking of Burma, a video of the wedding of the daughter of Burma’s military leader Than Shwe is posted on YouTube. While most Burmese are living in poverty, this video shows the exact opposite. Since internet use is restricted in Burma, only those of us outside of that country can see this.

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