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China To Enlist Beijing Residents To Fight Terror

China To Enlist Beijing Residents To Fight Terror

Reuters
July 18, 2008


China will have nearly 100,000 commandos, police and members of the military on standby up to and during Beijing Olympics to handle potential terrorist attacks, state media reported.

Having deployed surface-to-air missiles, readied a 100,000-strong anti-terrorism force and instituted a series of security checkpoints, Beijing is adding Chinese residents as another layer in its shield to protect Olympics venues against possible attack.

Security officials are publishing a new “anti-terrorism manual” to educate Chinese about possible threats and instructing them how to respond in the event they are captured or encounter a threat, according to a Xinhua news agency report on Friday.

“When you notice something suspicious, you need to check it first, then listen, then smell, but try to avoid touching it,” the manual says, according to Xinhua.

It said the manual describes 39 different potential terrorism threats, including explosions, arson, shootings, hijacking and even chemical, biological, or nuclear attacks.

The security-obsessed government has identified a possible terrorist attack as the biggest potential threat to the successful hosting of the Games, which run from August 8-24, and it has widely publicized its security preparations.

“You also have to hide your mobile phones if kidnapped by terrorists,” an excerpt of the manual says, according to Xinhua.

It was not clear how many copies of the manual would be published or when and how it might be distributed.

China, eager to use the Games to showcase its rise as a modern economic power, has said that homegrown threats top security worries, including from Uighur militants campaigning for independence for Xinjiang in China’s far northwest and from Tibetan independence groups.

Officials said security forces had foiled five “terrorism groups” planning to attack the Beijing Olympics, with police detaining 82 people in Xinjiang.

But rights groups say that China is using Olympic security as an excuse to crack down on internal dissent.

Fears of a ‘no-fun’ Olympics in Beijing

The Age
July 18, 2008

FEARS of a “no fun Olympics” are growing as security restrictions increase and become more bizarre with less than 20 days to go until the opening ceremony.

Beijing police have been visiting bar owners in the popular Sanlitun area and asking them to sign pledges agreeing to not serve black people or Mongolians and ban activities including dancing.

Bar owners said that police have been clamping down on black people and Mongolians, who are sometimes implicated in drug dealing and prostitution, as part of an Olympic clean-up campaign that they and locals fear will make for a secure but sterile Games.

Maggies, Beijing’s most notorious expatriate bar, referred to as the “Mongolian embassy” because of its popularity with Mongolian prostitutes and Western men, was shut suddenly about two months ago after a reported murder.

The gay bar Destination has also been ordered to shut down its dance bar until further notice.

And in a separate move, the Ministry of Public Security announced at the start of the month that from October 1, discos, karaoke bars and other entertainment venues must install transparent partitions in previously private rooms, and ensure staff dress more modestly as part of an effort to crack down on prostitution and drugs.

The Minister of Culture announced on Thursday that all overseas entertainers who have ever attended activities that “threaten national sovereignty” will be banned. This follows an outburst by Icelandic singer Bjork at a Shanghai concert on March 2, which sparked an official investigation.

Bjork shouted out, “Tibet, Tibet,” after performing her song Declare Independence.

A notice on the Ministry’s website on Thursday said that entertainers who “threaten national unity”, “whip up ethnic hatred”, “violate religious policy or cultural norms” or “advocate obscenity or feudalism and superstition” will be banned. “Feudalism and superstition” are often code words used by the Chinese Government to refer to Tibetans loyal to the Dalai Lama. The move follows the detention of several prominent Tibetan singers.

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