China's Broken Olympic Promises Detained Activist's Kafkaesque Nightmare

Ji Sizun, a legal activist who represented ordinary people, disappeared into the clutches of Chinese state security a year ago, on the fourth day of the Olympic Games in Beijing. He had wanted to demonstrate in one of the official "protest parks." Instead, he ended up in prison.
Von Ullrich Fichtner
China's national flag is raised during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

China's national flag is raised during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan