China takes harsh stance on Olympic protestors

Members of the media film monitors for security cameras in a control room at the University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium in Beijing Friday. <i>Associated?Press</i>

Chinese police will deal harshly with social or political demonstrations at the Beijing Olympics, a top security official said Friday.

With 28,000 journalists expected to attend, the Aug. 8-24 Olympics offer a rare chance for protesters to express grievances against China's communist government on issues including religious freedom, Tibetan independence and global warming.

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