Chinese Special Police Get Torch Detail

Continuing the theme of Chinese Olympic heavy-handedness, it has come to light that the blue track-suited security detail that is accompanying the Olympic Flame on its global tour are hand-picked members of special police units of the People’s Armed Police, China’s internal security force. Already described by some as “thugs”, the same units tapped for torch security have reportedly also been dispatched to reassert control in Tibet.

According to sinodefense.com, Special Police are top-tier paramilitary, chosen for skills in martial arts, marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat.

 

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From Failing Hands

Quote: “Beijing Olympic organizing committee spokesman Sun Weide denounced Sunday’s protests as ‘sabotage.’ ‘”A few Tibetan separatists attempted to sabotage the torch relay in London, and we strongly denounce their disgusting behaviour,’ said Sun.”

Over the weekend they tried. Today, one way or another, they did it. As it rode through Paris today, the Olympic torch was extinguished at least twice. Further protests are expected, Xinhua is presumably now in the dictionary next to “mouthpiece“, and the weird internet backlash has been going strong for about three weeks.

UPDATE: Just to spice up the current affairs links – I am sort of excited about this movie, and the fact that that there is now a firm release date for this.

FURTHER UPDATE: You all owe it to yourselves to have a look at Hull Breach, a Half Life 2 mod recently linked by Kotaku. It has an interesting dev team, totally awesome concept art, and a varied, fascinating OST. Check it out.