Chinese Grumble About the Olympics, But Quietly

Anita Chang reports in AP, via

From the desktop computer at the foot of his bed, Zhang Heng dares to complain about the Beijing Olympics.

The 24-year-old blogger tells of having to sign a “civilized behavior pledge” and verify to a neighborhood committee that he is a legal resident of his building. At the Web site company where he works, everyone had to show a clean police record, because the Olympic torch route passed by the office last week.

While many Chinese are excited about the Olympics, which begin Friday, the games have also touched off a fair amount of grumbling. Most of it is quiet, though, because the government is quick to clamp down on protest.


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