Introduction to Chinese Human Rights 101. In an effort to ‘clean up’ Beijing and for “reasons of safety”, bars are forbidden to serve blacks and Mongolians during the Olympics and the Chinese government have deported Christians because they think they will cause trouble!
Bar owners around the Worker’s Stadium in downtown Beijing say that public security officials are telling them not to let in blacks and Mongolians or allow dancing during the Olympic Games next month — many of them have even had to sign a pledge reports the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
Street musicians are being banned, and so is the purchasing of medicines containing “stimulants” without a prescription. Public places must close by 2 a.m., and bar owners are being asked to remind their clients that they must always have an identification document with them.
Last September, police detained dozens of blacks in the Sanlitun bar district and according to witnesses, beat some with rubber truncheons. The son of Grenada’s Ambassador to China reportedly suffered a concussion from being clubbed on the head by police.
Police with dogs raided an African-owned bar this week and required blacks to provide urine samples to test for illegal drugs.
“When the police come, you have to run,” a woman from Liberia said. “I’ve lived in Holland and the United States and it was never like this. There is no ‘human rights’ here. It’s racist and it makes me feel very bad.”
Africans and Mongolians are perceived as criminals by Beijing authorities and have been included with other ethnic groups, political activists, outspoken entertainers and Christians as potential sources of trouble during the games.
It is also rumored that bars within two miles of the Olympic buildings will be able operate, for the duration of the Olympics.
In some areas, tables are not permitted outside, because “the presence of too many foreigners gathered outside could create problems”.
There is also an attempt to shut down outdoor musical concerts, to prevent disorder. Jazz musician David Mitchell says that it is increasingly difficult for his band to find places to play in Beijing “Everything is aimed at creating stability, but they don’t understand that is precisely the unfounded prejudice that foreigners have of Chinese society – that it is a highly controlled and not a very cultural place. It seems completely self-defeating”.
To guarantee a “clean” Olympics, a doctor’s prescription is now required for 1,993 commonly used medicines or the package must show a warning that the medication contains substances believed to be stimulating and not permitted for the athletes.
Meanwhile, as of July 20 a new regulation went into effect prohibiting millions of vehicles from driving on city streets even though the three new subway stations are not yet working – Zhou Zhengyu, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications, is unable to say when the subways will open.
Evidence of the secret pledges with police can be observed by the new practice of some bar owners who have recently begun charging black patrons twice the admission fee charged other customers.
While police denied any such activity, and most bars denied knowing about the prohibition, African residents in the city say that harassment by the authorities and discrimination at the bars has increased.
It has also been reported that China has started a crackdown on Christians and Christianity in advance of the 2008 Games including the expulsion of more than 100 foreign Christians in China in a 90-day period — the biggest assault on the presence of Christianity in China since 1954.
I’m so excited; I can’t wait to get to Beijing. I won’t have to deal with blacks or Mongolians in bars! When Mongolians drink Tsingtao (Chinese dark beer) and when blacks drink Crown Royal they get so crazy! 🙄
Can someone p-l-e-a-s-e tell me WHY the Olympics are being held in China???