Heavy-handed oppression by the Chinese authorities was thrust into the spotlight again today, with two Britons held in Beijing, in a banner protest over Tibet. The group, Students for a Free Tibet, said four activists from the UK and the US were arrested after unfurling banners close to the Olympic stadium.
The protest happened before the Olympic torch's arrival in Tiananmen Square as part of a day of protests by the pro-Tibet activists in Beijing.
The Chinese authority's propaganda machine is going into overdrive for the opening of the political Olympics on Friday.
Politicians and freeloaders sucking up to Beijing would do well to remember the horrific images of Buddhist monks beaten up in Tibet, monasteries mysteriously cleared of their occupants and the way Chinese track-suit thugs threw a ring of steel around the Olympic Torch relay around the world.
Welcome to Beijing 2008, the home of appalling human rights, oppression in Tibet and Tiawan and a people under the thumb and too scared to speak out.