Macau bars anti-China activists during Chinese premier’s visit

Published: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 13:29:22 GMT
Posted by Earth Times Staff

Hong Kong – Macau turned away a group of pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong planning to stage a protest during a visit by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao for a second consecutive day Sunday.

Five were refused entry and sent back to Hong Kong after arriving by ferry Sunday. They told reporters afterwards officials told them they might pose a threat to the territory’s internal security.

The ejections come a day after 12 other activists were turned away from Macau as they tried to enter the former Portuguese colony to stage demonstrations during Wen’s two-day visit.

The activists had planned protests calling for the release of Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo and Zhao Lianhai who was jailed after campaigning for families affected by a tainted milk scandal.

Macau, a gambling resort, reverted to Chinese rule in 1999, two years after the former British colony Hong Kong which is 45 minutes away by ferry.

The densely-populated territory is less tolerant of anti-China protests than Hong Kong, even though it has a similar mini- constitution guaranteeing political freedoms and freedom of speech.