New rules banning items at Olympic venue enforced
China on Monday introduced new rules banning sit-ins and demonstrations and carrying of a variety of items at Olympic venues that included whistles, long umbrellas, cigarette lighters, cameras and radios.
The rules also prohibit drunkenness, nudity, gambling, besides banners and flags larger than two meters by one metre, flags of non-participating members, photo-shooting with a flash and soft drink containers and musical instruments, including whistles.
Lip gloss, fountain pens and sunscreen in small quantity are allowed. Animals, except guide dogs, are not allowed at the venues.
The list of banned items also includes banners such as those saying "Go China" as they violate the fairness principle of an Olympic event, the Olympic venue rules of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) said.
The spectators have also been advised not to bring into the venues support banners and leaflets of commercial publicity, religion, politics, military, human rights and environmental and animal protection.
The rules, including 22 restrictions and four prohibitions, are completely in line with the Olympic Charter, Huang Keying, a BOCOG Spectator Division official said.
"The f-words used by Beijing natives, a unique local style of verbal abuse, are definitely banned among spectators," Xinhua news agency quoted the official said.
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