Flu News from China: Mexican Citizens Being Detained

On his blog, James Fallows gives several examples of Mexican citizens being quarantined in Beijing solely on the basis on their nationality. He says the reports are “based on first-hand reports from people I trust.” From the first example:

A family of tourists — two parents; a son age 8; and daughters ages 6 and 4 — were staying in a five-star Beijing hotel. Like all foreigners in China, they had presented their passports for inspection on arrival. Their passports were from Mexico. At 4 am last night they heard a pounding on the door. Public-security officials asked them to come to the hospital for a few quick tests. In fact they were taken to a hospital and not allowed to leave. They received no drugs or treatment of any sort and were placed in a room where the beds and sheets still bore the marks of the previous ill and bleeding patients. They managed to contact Mexican officials by phone — which was the first the Mexican government had heard of their situation.

See also “Netizens Angry Shanghai Allowed Swine Flu To Enter China” from chinaSMACK.

May 2, 2009 4:10 PM
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