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Shanghai bans troublemakers leaving city during Olympics

June 26, 2008

by Ben Blanchard
June 24, 2008

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 Centre
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 the centre.

"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 religious groups.

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.
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