Oh, well. At least the long jump and beach volleyball will be fun.
[Guardian] Whatever the IOC’s hopes, in some instances preparations for the Olympics had made things worse, Amnesty said, particularly in the use of so-called “re-education through labour” and “enforced drug rehabilitation” orders to round up dissidents and perceived troublemakers.
“The police have specifically targeted petitioners and rights activists in their efforts to ‘clean up’ Beijing ahead of the games,” the report notes, adding that more adherents of the banned Falungong religious group had also been held ahead of the event.
It adds: “In fact, the crackdown on human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers has intensified because Beijing is hosting the Olympics.
“The authorities have stepped up repression of dissident voices in their efforts to present an image of ‘stability’ and ‘harmony’ to the outside world.”