Aug. 10 - Chinese state television says violent rioting in London has ''seriously hurt'' the city's image and raised doubts about the safety of the 2012 Olympics. Nick Rowlands reports.
Chinese state television says the violent rioting in London has "seriously hurt" the city's image, and raised doubts about the safety of the 2012 Olympic games. In a live broadcast from Hackney in east London on Wednesday, a reporter says local residents are worried. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CCTV NEWS REPORTER YANG SHANSHAN: "Less than a mile from Hackney stands London's recently inaugurated Olympic village. In less than a year the London Olympics will officially open. Whether this kind of situation we see here in Hackney continues much longer, and whether this chaotic situation will affect the London Olympics, are both questions worrying locals here." The run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics was plagued by suggestions China had not been fit to hold the games. Security was a top priority, with anti-aircraft guns deployed and mock riots being staged to train the police. As newspapers in Beijing put the London riots on their front pages, residents disagree about the security situation in the British capital. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) MASTERS STUDENT JIANG YAN: "I think I would be worried. I think Beijing did a really good job in this respect. Had there been those kinds of riots in Beijing before the Olympics, I would be worried if I was a foreigner coming to visit. So now, for example, if I were thinking about going to London for the Olympics but hadn't made the final decision yet, I would hesitate and probably not go. I think it's just safer not to go" (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHEMICAL ENGINEER LIU JUN SAYING: "I am not in the least worried. As I just said, despite the fact that the situation has been reported a lot on the TV, I think for such a big city as London, it's a small matter. I have absolute faith that the governments of London and Britain as a whole can resolve the situation properly" The riots began in London on Saturday night, and have since spread around the country. London organisers say the violence will not harm preparations for the Olympics. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.