Chinese police studying religious practices ahead of Olympics

July 24th, 2008 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Shenyang (China), July 24 (Xinhua) Police in the Olympic football co-host city Shenyang in northeast China are being imparted knowledge of different religious practices in a bid to understand foreigners and avoid insulting their feelings during the Games. More than 5,000 police officers have learnt the origins, forms, taboos, and classic works of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism in regular classes since the municipal public security bureau launched the campaign in March.

Besides theories and China’s religious laws and policies, they are also taking lessons in etiquette and how to solve emergency situations concerning religion affairs, said Yang Tao, training teacher.

Study of various religions was a part of a comprehensive Olympic training scheme the bureau initiated since January.

“More than 10,000 policemen have received training on English and techniques to communicate with reporters, and emotion control,” said Liu Kejun, chief of the bureau’s publicity department.

“China has pledged to aid the foreign media’s coverage of the Olympics, and we must work better to create a favourable environment for reporters,” said Liu.

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