Posted by: becketfund | November 22, 2007

China: Not All Beliefs Are Equal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

CIPFG, or the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, has reported that China’s allowances on religious material for athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics do not extend to athletes and attendees who practice Falun Gong. “Foreigners who come to China must respect and abide by the laws of China,” Li Zhanjun, the News Director of the Beijing Olympics media center explained on November 8, and in China, “Falun Gong texts” and “Falun Gong activities” are forbidden. In April 2007, Beijing’s Ministry of Public Service issued a blacklist of “antagonistic elements”, which would be banned from attending the games, including Falun Gong adherents and “religious infiltrators”.

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