Friday, October 06, 2006

No Olympics in China until Tibet is Free

I read in the news today a disturbing report about Chinese troops opening fire on Tibetans crossing the border and killing two. The Tibet Refugee Centre said this is the first time in many years that fleeing refugees were treated with such deadly violence. (more) This violence makes one wonder how Tibetans will be treated during the 2008 Olympics -- another bloodbath.

Flashback from Turin Olympics:

While addressing the press conference Paolo Pobbiati, President Amnesty International Italy said that the diplomatic and economical relationships the world maintains with China should be determined by the human rights situation in China and Tibet. Responding to a query, he disclosed a series of activities that Amnesty International would be undertaking in the near future to expose China’s dismal human rights record.

Briefing the press, Tamdin Choephel, Vice president of Tibetan community, Italy and one of the hunger strikers said that his participation in the TYC led Indefinite Hunger Strike should be seen as a “Tibetans’ protest against the Chinese repression in Tibet”. He condemned the International Olympic Committee for giving China the privilege of hosting the 2008 Olympics games and urged the world’s sports fraternity to support the Tibetan freedom struggle by demanding the IOC to change the 2008 Olympic venue. (more)

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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