Wang Xiuying and her friend, Wu Dianyuan, do not look like enemies of the state. They are both nearly 80 and walk with the aid of a stick. But the grandmothers have both been told they face a year in a re-education-through-labour camp if they do not stop protesting. This punishment seems a strange fate for two elderly women who only want to complain about being thrown out of their homes. But their case illustrates just how far the government has been prepared to go to present China's best image during the Olympic Games.