CRACKDOWN ON DISSIDENTS: Fanfare as Shanghai World Expo opens

CRACKDOWN ON DISSIDENTS

Fanfare as Shanghai World Expo opens
Tags: China, dissidents, Feng Zhenghu, Shanghai Expo

Sourced from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/3646104/Fanfare-as-Shanghai-World-Expo-opens

Dignitaries gathered in Shanghai for the opening of the 2010 World Expo, a six-month event that kicks off Friday night with a lavish riverside display of fireworks and lights expected to rival the Beijing Olympics’ launch in its extravagance.
The Expo is showcasing China’s dazzling commercial capital but also has brought a massive security crackdown and renewed harassment of political dissidents.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and other world leaders, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, were due to attend the gradiose opening ceremony.
The Expo opens to the public on Saturday and is expected to draw 70 million people to pavilions from almost 200 nations during its run through October.
Celebrities expected to perform at the Expo opening or otherwise attend events include actor Jackie Chan, concert pianist Lang Lang, opera star Andrea Bocelli and actress Halle Berry.
Already tight security in the city was ratcheted up Friday as authorities closed the sprawling riverside Expo site to all but a few workers, journalists, and VIPs while a helicopter patrolled overhead.
Police were stationed on street corners in the area, while hotels and subway stations required all bags and packages to go through X-ray screening.
Shanghai residents began crowding into areas near the river by early afternoon, hoping to get a glimpse of the evening celebrations along a stretch of the city’s Huangpu river.
While the Expo is broadly popular in Shanghai, some residents of apartments near the site said security measures were growing oppressive.
“It’s just not convenient to get in and out anymore,” said one man, who gave only his surname, Dong. He complained that local wet markets that sold fresh meat and vegetables had been demolished and paved over for Expo parking lots.
Shanghai authorities are determined to prevent crimes or disturbances that could mar the event and have tightened their enforcement of a ban on protests or public criticism of the ruling Communist Party.
Last week, police hauled away four computers and Internet cables from the home of prominent dissident Feng Zhenghu after he announced a new manifesto on human rights, a critique of Shanghai’s legal system, to coincide with the Expo.
The 55-year-old former economist gained attention for spending months inside Tokyo’s international airport after the authorities, angered by his criticism of local officials and his support for student protests, blocked his return.

Feng, who finally was allowed to return on Feb 12, remains a free man. But police have detained and harassed other activists and sent six people who protested having their homes demolished to make way for the Expo to labor camps, according to Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders.
Expo organizers have also tightly vetted journalists applying to cover the events. Among outlets refused permission to attend was Hong Kong’s outspoken Apple Daily newspaper, according to the region’s journalists’ federation.
As tight as security was in Shanghai, it was low key compared to measures imposed during the Beijing Olympics, when tourist visas were refused or cancelled and the capital was cleared of migrants, months ahead of the games.

Sourced from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/3646104/Fanfare-as-Shanghai-World-Expo-opens

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6 Responses to “CRACKDOWN ON DISSIDENTS: Fanfare as Shanghai World Expo opens”

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  2. craiglock Says:

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    Many more comments and messages.. together with hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs athttps://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/
    …true!) …obsessive or WHAT!

    Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.

    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), Also sorry have had to close off comments on all of my blogs except one or two. Thanks for the understanding.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ andhttp://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available athttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STOR’’

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books
    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

    Like

  3. craiglock Says:

    Reblogged this on The Foreign Correspondent.

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    Reblogged this on The International Correspondent: Peace Pursuit.

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    Reblogged this on Brave Journalists and Reporters: Writing for TRUTH.

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    Reblogged this on Brave Reporters (and Journalists).

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