China’s Pre-Olympic Crackdown On Dissent Intensified

No sign of dissent is being allowed ahead of the Olympics.

The FT reports that even the parents of children killed in schools that collapsed during the Sichuan earthquake are being muzzled. Cash payments are being made to parents to drop demands for an investigation. Soldiers are patrolling the tent cities that have sprung up to house the homeless in order to dampen any signs of social unrest.

Meanwhile, a group of Chinese human rights lawyers was detained and later put under house arrest by security officials to stop them attending a dinner hosted by two members of the U.S. Congress, the Washington Post reports.

The move fits a pattern whereby known dissidents and human rights activists have been increasingly restricted in recent months, and prevented from expressing their views or from coming to Beijing if they live in other cities.

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