Beijing Eyes Olympic Contingency Plans – AP

From AP via the New York Times:


The host city of the 2008 Summer Games is considering hospitalizing the mentally ill, relaxing restrictions on religious services and giving many businesses and factories a holiday as possible contingency measures during the Olympics.

The city office overseeing Olympic preparations discussed dozens of possible moves for the Games at an internal meeting Thursday, ranging from limits on the use of cars to banning the posting of handbills around the city, the state-run Beijing Morning Post said Friday.

The newspaper said the city was considering hospitalizing all mentally ill people “to avoid creating any harm to society,” and expelling many of the city’s 1 million migrant workers. [Full Text]



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