Friday, August 8, 2008
2 Million displaced by Beijing Olympics, 40,000 jailed
Gleaming and amazing, China’s £200million Olympics stadium is shown to the world as a proud symbol of the country’s dramatic change.
But two million people driven from their homes for this summer’s Beijing Games could tell a different story… if they were allowed.
A tale of how their lives have been ruined for the sake of their rulers’ Olympic dream.
Of how their houses have been torn down with just a month’s notice.
And how those who have dared to complain have been tortured and jailed.
More than 40,000 people have been arrested for organising protests at the way lives in China’s capital have been destroyed. Many have been treated brutally by police.
And more than 200,000 have had to live on the streets while they seek a new home - in towns and cities miles from their old ones.
But Prime Minister Gordon Brown saw no sign of them on his visit to Beijing last month. Before he arrived police swept them from the streets.
Last night Amnesty International UK protested to the Chinese Embassy in London over the treatment of citizens such as Ye Guozhu, evicted with his wife and son.
He was told their home was to be razed to make way for a park to beautify the capital for the Games. There was no offer of compensation and no advice on where they could live. Ye, 38, began planning a 10,000-strong protest.
When the police learned of the plan, Ye was arrested and beaten unconscious. He woke up in a grubby cell. (more at link).
Enjoy the Olympics.