Three parks to set for demonstrations at Olympics

July 24th, 2008 - 3:13 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

In Beijing the three parks are set for demonstrations during the Olympics, an official said, with the Games already a lightning rod for protest over issues ranging from Darfur to Tibet.

The “protest pens” is in line with practice at past Games because the International Olympic Committee charter prohibits demonstrations or “political, religious or racial propaganda” at Olympic venues or sites.

Nonetheless the country host, where the Communist leaders frown on public protests, often viewing them as a threat to stability and its hold on power.

“We have dedicated places for demonstrations at several parks,” Liu Shaowu, director of the security department at Beijing’s Olympics organizing committee, told a news conference.

“Chinese law protects the legal right of people to hold lawful demonstrations and marches.”

The parks are in the Beijing districts of Fengtai, Haidian and Chaoyang.

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