Aug. 11, 2008
For those upset that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ignored China's forced abortion policy or its continued persecution of people of faith you can take solace that the IOC has found something about China it actually does finds offensive, the nation's security forces don't smile enough. Apparently Norwegian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Gerhard Heiberg took them to task:
"The police and military ... need to act differently. They have stony faces. They're seriously scaring the foreigners in Beijing. Something has to be done," he said.
"The fact that they're armed and look sinister, just makes things worse," he added.
Chinese officials took some time out of torturing the country's political prisoners to respond:
"I've asked them to get people to smile more," he (Heiberg) said, noting that his request was met with ... laughs.