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World leaders welcomed to Beijing. Silence on human rights and terrorist threats
Hu Jintao greets 80 international political figures. Press and TV do not mention the threat of attacks, but residents are afraid to leave their homes. The local population is absent from celebrations. Dissidents, protestant pastor, bishops under surveillance. Jacques Rogge gives his “blessing” to Beijing’s “good” air.
Xinjiang, sixteen dead in a terrorist attack by Muslim separatists
This morning two grenades hit a check point on the North West frontier, a majority Muslim area theatre of violence in the past weeks. The news was reported by the state agency Xinhua, but AFP sources fail to confirm the episode.
Between numbers and obstacles, the long march towards the Olympic Games goes on
10/03/2008 TIBET - CHINA
The march of the Tibetans and Beijing’s’ threats against “separatist terrorism”.
Hundreds of exiled Tibetans set out today for Tibet, in protest against the Beijing Olympics. China prepares itself to battle “against terrorism” which aims to destroy the atmosphere of the Games.
Olympic projects built with "the blood" of migrant workers
Human Rights Watch has interviewed migrant workers who built the "new" Beijing. There emerges a picture of widespread exploitation, without hope of redress. On the protection of migrants, the Chinese government is considered "all talk and no action", and the IOC is called upon to explain what it has done.
Beijing court sentences Gao Zhisheng to three years in prison
The noted lawyer and human rights activist is found guilty of subversion. For the judges, his articles about corruption among Communist leaders are the evidence.
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