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Beijing officials have built a 10-foot wall around entire neighborhoods south of Tiananmen Square in hopes of speeding up a last minute beautification process for the 2008 Olympics. Say what!?

Residents, mostly merchants, who hoped to increase their business with all of the Olympic participants and spectators’ will now be blocked off from all traffic. If Beijing intended to improve their image with the Olympics, this is certainly not the right way to do it.

Did they think no one would notice the 10-foot walls? This city’s migrants and working poor certainly deserve a fair share of Olympic business. If the Olympic committee really does hope to promote One World, One Dream, I hope they realize the huge disregard for human rights the brick wall poses.

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