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China Keeps Wives of Famous Dissidents Under House Arrest

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2016 file photo, a man films Li Wenzu, left, wife of imprisoned lawyer Wang Quanzhang, holds a paper that reads "Release Liu Ermin" as she and supporters of a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer and activists stage a protest outside the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Tianjin, China. Trials started this week of Chinese lawyers and legal rights activists who were detained in July last year and charged with subversion for their attempts to bring attention to abuses and demand government accountability. (AP Photo/Gerry Shih, File)
Li Wenzu’s sixty-mile march to demand answers about the fate of her imprisoned husband Wang Quanzhang was cut short on Tuesday, as she was scooped up by plainclothes police and deposited back at her home under house arrest. Meanwhile, China once again postponed discussions to allow Liu Xia, wife of the late dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, to emigrate to a free country. Liu Xia has effectively been under house arrest for eight years and counting.

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