An excerpt from an IOC-BOGOC press conference held today was posted on chinamediablog.com. In it, reporter Alex Thompson asks an IOC spokeswoman five times whether the IOC is “embarrassed” about Beijing’s performance with regard to human rights promises.
A grilling at the Olympics
In the interest of fairness, we’d like to excerpt the response of Beijing Olympic Committee secretary Wang Wei: Continue reading
The three parks that China designated protest zones are going unused, although its not for lack of trying.
Below is a quick link to a New York Times article on the three so-called “Protest Zones” established in Beijing during the Olympics. (It should be pointed out that World Park is quite a distance from central Beijing.)
In an authoritarian country that bans almost all forms of public protest, the newfound openness seemed too good to be true. And it was.
Five days after the Olympics began, not a single demonstration had taken place in the official protest zones. The authorities have declined to say whether any applications have been approved, and they did not acknowledge the detention of would-be demonstrators.
A quick link to the story of a Chinese-American young woman who, in a sort of quarter-life crisis, takes up pro-Tibet activism and makes a pilgrimage there. (This seems to be based on the Huffpo blogger’s interview of the woman alone.)
A plain-clothed Chinese man was holding up his cell phone unusually high in her direction. Wen didn’t think anything of it, but as she was walking down, the police officer who had come to her room and threatened her the night before, stopped her and told her to follow him to the police station. “I thought, this is it. I can’t believe I took those pictures.”
What’s striking to me is that her American nationality was of no help when Ms. Novick was detained by Chinese authorities, because she was traveling under her Taiwanese passport, and so was treated as a Chinese citizen, without consular protection.