Expulsions 'vital' to the success of university games

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 July, 2011, 12:00am
 

Expelling more than 80,000 migrants deemed security risks from Shenzhen and taking other tough measures ahead of next month's world university games were vital to ensure China would not be embarrassed in front of the world, according to the city's Communist Party boss.

Wang Rong said on Thursday that 'any security incident can develop into an international matter during the Universiade as people from different countries gather in the city,' The Southern Metropolis News reported yesterday.

In April, Shenzhen police said they had cleared the city of more than 80,000 'high-risk' people since January. They included people living in the city without a proper job or legal income, those with criminal records and those who allegedly took part in 'abnormal' activities. Police warned it was just a start and more could be driven out by the end of this month.

The high-risk people were picked up during police raids on more than 330,000 rented flats, 32,000 internet cafes, 60,000 guest houses, 20,000 entertainment venues and 40,000 other venues.

'It's imperative for Shenzhen to take extraordinary security measures, otherwise the city is being irresponsible to international friends,' Wang said, while admitting the city had gone too far with some measures. 'Every city will change some of its administrative policies during major sports events or activities ... we notice that some of our policies have been criticised by the public,' Wang said. Some measures that were unrealistic or a public inconvenience were revised.

Some domestic reports said Shenzhen authorities were considering requiring people to present their ID cards when buying knives in July and August and that anyone who carried an unsheathed knife in the street could face a 100 yuan (HK$120) fine.

In May, Shenzhen authorities triggered a nationwide outcry after the government announced that petitioning or protesting to obtain back pay during a five-month period around the Universiade could be regarded as a criminal act. The city was forced to withdraw the threat amid public criticism.

1,200

The number of internet cafes and guest houses closed by police in the Shenzhen crackdown

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