Is there a way to measure how open China really was during the games? Well, how about this very simple one?

BBC News, Beijing:China has received a total of 77 applications to stage protests during the Olympic Games period – but none has been approved. Beijing’s public security bureau said 74 applications were “withdrawn”, two were “suspended” and one was “vetoed”. China was praised by the International Olympic Committee when it said protest areas would be set up for the Olympics.”

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