» 08/07/2008, 00.00
Olympics: an entire village arrested for protesting against pollution
In Beijing small protests by Westerners are blocked, but Chinese up in arms against pollution end up in jail. Taiwan’s delegation is warmly received as Bush complains about human rights violation in China just before leaving for Beijing to honour his Chinese hosts.
Chinese Olympic titan looks to sky, fearing rain
Atmospheric conditions are worrying the organizers just hours before the inaugural ceremony for the games. At risk, some of the performances of what has been announced to be the most spectacular opening ever. For some time, China has been funding experiments to "control the weather".
Legal action against those who put human rights before the Olympics
The trial begins against Yang Chunlin, in jail since July for "subversion" because he wrote that human rights take precedence over the Olympics. Meanwhile, the controversy over Darfur continues: those who criticise Beijing want only to tarnish its greatness, and Spielberg can't tell dreams from reality.
Foreigners banned from watching public protests in Beijing
Public protests require authorisation based on rules so strict they are virtually impossible. Meanwhile air quality in capital does not improve. Authorities might announce a total ban on private cars.
"Free Tibet" banner raised in Beijing: four foreign tourists arrested
Meanwhile, the torch winds through Beijing, but the authorities "recommend" watching this on television at home, "in order to avoid problems" in a city where freedom is on a constant decline. Human rights activist Xie Changfa has been in prison since August 2. The smog remains, while a storm approaches Hong Kong.
Olympics: following protests, China "locks down" the borders
Entry visas are harder to obtain, and short-term visas from Hong Kong have been suspended, out of fear of protesters. Experts: this is evidence of weakness. Meanwhile, the Olympic committee will discuss whether to halt the torch's journey, after protests in Paris and London. Demonstrations in San Francisco already underway.
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