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Beijing 2008 Games Boycott alerts


A few days ago, about 30 police officers broke into the home of Chinese activist Hu Jia and took him away. His wife, fellow activist Zeng Jinyan, is now under house arrest. At least 10 security personnel guard her home. Mr Hu's arrest comes as China celebrates the start of one of its most important years in recent history.

This summer, all eyes will be on it as it plays host to the Olympic Games.

Foreign campaigners say Beijing has not fulfilled its promise to improve human rights ahead of the Olympics - a charge the Chinese government flatly denies. But the country's human rights record - including Mr Hu's case - will be under scrutiny as much as its sporting endeavours.

From: Fears for rights as Beijing 2008 nears, By Michael Bristow, BBC News, Beijing, Dec 2 2008

More at: BBC News

Hu is opposed to a boycott of the Olympics. He was enthusiastic about the idea of thousands of foreign journalists coming to China because he thought they would talk about its destitute and its oppressed dissidents.

See more at: Boston Globe

See also: Human Rights Watch Beijing 2008

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See also: Asian News

User's hint; Let the first video go to its end. It will shrink to reveal 15 or so further videos nearly all of which are about the Beijing dance of Empire (give or take the odd random event). Ditto second headline video and ditto the third also.





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