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In its original bid to host the Olympic Games, Beijing promised to provide foreign journalists with complete freedom to report from within China. However, as the Games approached, journalists attempting to cover anti-Olympics protests were detained and deported. Chinese human rights activists residing in Beijing were arrested or removed from the capital for the duration of the Games, including internationally famous activists such as Hu Jia. Coverage of negative events taking place in Tibet or Xinjiang was prohibited. Despite Chinese promises to allow free and unregulated Internet access to foreign reporters, websites such as Amnesty International remained blocked. Although China agreed to issue protest permits and maintain designated protest zones throughout the capital, no protest applications were approved. Several applicants went missing or were detained. Other applications were withdrawn, rejected, suspended, or vetoed. When groups arrived at protest sites without permits, they were arrested.Soon after winning the bid to host the Olympic Games, Beijing began the process of demolishing and relocating homes to make room for the planned Olympic Village. By some estimates, over 300,000 people were forcibly relocated for the purposes of Olympic construction. Many of these residents applied for the aforementioned protest permits that were ultimately denied. Without any official recourse, one man named Baoguan Wang even burned himself to death while being evicted from his home.
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