Torch of freedom burns brightly … in Beijing

Feng Li/Getty Images If you want to protest in favor of freedom and democracy during next month’s Olympics, you have an ironically appropriate place to go: the Beijing World Park. The park — which has replicas of the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the White House, along with other world monuments such ...

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If you want to protest in favor of freedom and democracy during next month's Olympics, you have an ironically appropriate place to go: the Beijing World Park. The park -- which has replicas of the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the White House, along with other world monuments such as the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower -- is one of three official protest zones that China has set up for protesters.

Some have speculated that the logic of designating the World Park as a protest zone is to make it look like protesters are elsewhere when images appear on television and the Internet.

Feng Li/Getty Images

If you want to protest in favor of freedom and democracy during next month’s Olympics, you have an ironically appropriate place to go: the Beijing World Park. The park — which has replicas of the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the White House, along with other world monuments such as the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower — is one of three official protest zones that China has set up for protesters.

Some have speculated that the logic of designating the World Park as a protest zone is to make it look like protesters are elsewhere when images appear on television and the Internet.

And what’s up with the Twin Towers still standing in the replica of the New York City skyline?

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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