China's Foul Play

China's Foul Play Police in Beijing are racing to rid the streets of so-called troublemakers before the Olympic opening ceremony. Their targets are the law-abiding Chinese who go to Beijing to protest against corruption.
Every year millions of Chinese citizens come to the capital to seek justice by 'petitioning'. Many claim that corrupt party officials have demolished their homes to sell to private developers. Yet with the Olympics looming, the authorities have banned all demonstrations and a Communist party directive has ordered the expulsion of petitioners from Beijing. "This is a very comprehensive system to airbrush any signs of discontent and project an image in Beijing that everything is wonderful", says Nicholas Bequelin of Human Rights Watch. Thousands of citizens, some as young as seven years old, are now in hiding. They fear they will be arrested, beaten or jailed simply for speaking out about their rights. "The local police threaten you, harass you, punish you." Chen Yonglin, a Chinese diplomat who defected to Australia, talks with Liu Anjin and hundreds of other petitioners in China through secret phone calls. They are determined to keep protesting despite the risks and plan what to do during the Olympics. Liu explains: "We are obliged to want Olympics but not human rights...If we want to speak the truth then we will end up in jail".

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