SHANGHAI China's financial hub of Shanghai has
sent notices to dissidents, petitioners and other "controlled"
people banning them leaving the city during the Olympics to
ensure security, a rights group said on Tuesday. They are also
not allowed to give their political opinions to the foreign
media, leave the country or store weapons or explosives at
home, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights
and Democracy said in a statement.
A Shanghai police spokeswoman said she could not
immediately comment, but added she was unaware of the existence
of such a notice.
"In order to strengthen public order during the Olympics
and ensure the Games go smoothly, these are the rules important
controlled people in our area must follow from April 1 to
October 31," according to a copy of the statement provided by
"Do not pick quarrels in public places", "Do not express
any political opinion to foreign reporters" and "Do not distort
the truth, intentionally spread rumours or use other methods to
whip up and disturb social order", the rules state.
Those who break the rules would be warned, detained or
prosecuted, depending on the severity of the charge, it adds.
The centre said the notice had also been sent to members of
the banned spiritual sect Falun Gong and members of underground
China, which already claims to have cracked domestic terror
plots targeting the Games, is taking no chances with the Summer
Olympics, opening in Beijing on August 8.
It has tightened up on visas for foreigners and last week
ran the Olympic torch relay through the sensitive regions of
Tibet and Xinjiang virtually as military exercises, guarding
the route with both police and soldiers.
(Writing by Ben Blanchard)
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