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Sunday, September 13, 2009

A small victory for the rule of law in China

A Bulgarian woman apparently caused quite a stir by going topless at a Qingdao beach; according to reports, "because no clear law exists prohibiting this sort of behavior, beach employees simply could not intervene."

Story here.

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Not sure if we can claim this as a victory for rule of law in China. Indeed, there is a clear rule prohibiting this kind of behaviors. See Article 23(2) of the Public Safety Management and Punishment Rules (治安管理处罚条例)("... disruption of public order in train/bus stations, harbors, piers, airports, shopping places, parks, museums, and other public places"). A beach would certainly qualify as an "other public place" and a woman going topless certainly would disrupt (and indeed disrupted) public order. The beach employees didn't intervene not because there was no law prohibiting this kind of behaviors, but perhaps due to other reasons (maybe because she is a foreigner?)

Posted by: Wentong Zheng | Sep 22, 2009 11:39:03 AM

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