China Orders Rail Passengers To Get Off Trains – Reuters
China is trying to stamp out protests over rail delays ahead of the Beijing Olympics , threatening passengers with legal action if they stay aboard their train once it has reached its destination. “Refusing to leave the train will be regarded as an illegal act endangering train safety,” the China News said, citing a long list of unlawful measures proscribed by central authorities.
There have been several instances of Chinese passengers refusing to leave their trains after serious delays, demanding compensation and an apology from state-run railway operators. According to the latest Railways Ministry order, passengers are prohibited from protesting or hindering the railway by crowding the aisles or refusing to leave the carriage. [Full Text]
[Image:Passengers board a train at a railway station in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu province, by Sean Yong from Reuters.]