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No Permits, No Protests In Beijing’s Special ‘Pens’

July 30, 2018
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BEIJING, Aug. 14 — As the Olympic Games end their first week, there are no reports that anyone has used the “protest pens” set up in three Beijing parks for demonstrations sanctioned under Chinese law.

(Washington Post — 21 August, 2008)
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SUZHOU, China, Aug. 5 — China announced late last month that it would permit protests during the Olympics in specially designated zones, as long as demonstrators first secured permits. The process has not proved that simple.

(Washington Post — 4 hours ago)
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BEIJING, Aug. 14 — As he sat munching Kentucky Fried Chicken with his captors at a Beijing police station last week, the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney couldn’t help thinking that he was going to be used as a star in an upcoming Chinese propaganda film.

(Washington Post — 21 August, 2008)
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BEIJING, Aug. 20 — Two elderly women were sentenced to a year of labor re-education after they applied for permits to demonstrate during the Olympics against their 2001 eviction from their homes, according to the son of one of the would-be protesters.

(Washington Post — 21 August, 2008)
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BEIJING, Aug. 21 — Six Americans detained by police this week could be held for 10 days, according to Chinese authorities, who appear to be intensifying their efforts to shut down any public demonstrations during the final days of the Olympic Games.

(Washington Post — 22 August, 2008)
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ZHENGJIAZHUANG VILLAGE, China — Li Zengxia’s fish are dead and his crops are dying. The stream that was once his lifeline is gone, diverted 155 miles to Beijing to create a picture-perfect green setting for the 2008 Summer Games.

(Washington Post — 20 hours ago)
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BEIJING, Aug. 7 — China’s intense efforts to block any protest that would mar the Olympic Games were challenged Wednesday by foreign activists equally bent on diverting attention to issues as varied as Tibetan independence, the crisis in Darfur and religious freedom.

(Washington Post — 4 hours ago)
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