China’s first ever Beat Poet convention in the northern city of Dalian was broken up by police who mistook their berets as some kind of military attire. Despite the event being sanctioned and even promoted by the Liaoning Culture Ministry, many of the Chinese poets still remain in jail. Two invited American beat performers have also been deported. The organiser of the event, known as Hep-fucious, told The Asia Beat, “I think they were just embarrassed that they clubbed everyone at the start. It’s hard for them to admit a mistake here.
Lao-daddyo, another prominent Chinese Beat Artist said, “We don’t even dare click our fingers in public at the moment.”
Next year’s event in Harbin is in doubt.