Protest-Zone Test Case Blocked in Beijing

The South China Morning Post (via Glimpse of the World) reports on a representative of property owners who applied to protest in one of the designated protest zones during the Olympics:

Ge Yifei , a retired doctor representing 140 owners from The Lakeview luxury development in Suzhou Industrial Park, in Jiangsu province , arrived in the capital in the morning. She went straight to the Municipal Public Security Bureau to file the application.

While she was explaining to an officer why she wanted to protest several men claiming to be officials from the Suzhou city government’s petition office rushed in and blocked her from leaving, according to Yan Lin , a Lakeview property owner who had accompanied Dr Ge.

Mr Yan said he was let go only after he showed his identity card to prove he was a Beijing resident, but Dr Ge was detained.

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