The Beijing Olympic Games organizing committee has agreed to allow protests of the Games and the Chinese government in three designated demonstration areas within the city. The move is intended to prevent disruptions by such groups as Muslim separatists from Xinjiang Province and Tibetan independence supporters. Protesters must first submit detailed applications to local police officials five days ahead of their planned gatherings. China has undergone massive scrutiny this year over its human-rights record and harsh treatment of Tibetan separatists. Critics say that allowing the protests is only a temporary measure to reduce the international community’s criticism of China and that only a few of the anticipated applications stand a chance of getting approved. The Games begin on Aug. 8 and continue until the 24th.
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