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Southland NewsMonday, December 03, 2007 | 10:10 PM
ABC - PASADENA -- Human rights groups are angry that China has been given permission to have a float in next year's Rose Parade, and they want you to know it.
Monday, a billboard was unveiled to protest China's treatment of journalists. The diplomatic storm is intensifying in Pasadena.
They call themselves "Reporters Without Borders," and Monday they unveiled a billboard in Pasadena, not far from the Rose Parade route.
The billboard takes a stand against China's entry in this year's Rose Parade. Protesters are urging parade organizers and city leaders to keep the float from appearing in the parade, which is seen worldwide.
The billboard represents the Olympic rings, but features handcuffs instead, symbolizing what the group says is China's imprisonment of journalists in the country.
Reporters Without Borders says the Chinese government is censoring the media and restricting their rights. The group also says Chinese officials are detaining Internet users who may be taking a stand against the government.
Protesters go on to say that the Chinese government has even warned journalists to be careful about what they say in regards to the upcoming Summer Games in Beijing.
"This means more arrests of dissidents. This means no more social protest, and more censorship," said Lucie Morillon, U.S. director of Reporters Without Borders. "We also learned that the propaganda department sends to the leading Chinese media a directive telling them not to write negative stories about issues affecting the games."
This would be the first time China has ever taken part in the Rose Parade with a float. This year's float was to commemorate the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Protesters are now threatening to demonstrate during the parade if that float is allowed to take part.