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China Says Protesters at Olympics Will Be Dealt With Harshly

A Chinese official says security forces are prepared to stop protests during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Liu Shaowu, the deputy director of Beijing's Olympic Security Command Center, told reporters Friday that protesters violating China's sovereignty will not be tolerated.

Liu said activities encouraging separatism or terrorism will be dealt with according to law.

He also noted that Beijing's approach is line with the Olympic charter, which he said forbids any form of political, religious or racial demonstrations at Games.

Earlier this year, five foreign activists were detained after unfurling banners at Mount Everest, calling for Tibetan independence and criticizing the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Beijing commonly uses the term "separatists" to refer to those calling for greater autonomy or independence for Tibetans and Uighurs.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP