China Nixes Major Academic Conference Ahead of Olympic Games

AP reports on a conference of anthropologists that has been suddenly canceled in China:

Without giving a specific explanation, Chinese organizers have pulled the plug on July’s world congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, the latest in a slew of events to be canceled or postponed ahead of the games in August.

“I’m not very happy with it,” Union Secretary-General Peter J.M. Nas said by telephone from his office at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. “And I hope still that they will listen to our arguments.”

China has launched a nationwide security campaign to head off protests, terror attacks, crime and any sort of disorder that could challenge the government’s authority or tarnish its staging of the Olympics, a source of huge national pride and massive prestige for the Communist regime.

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