Good luck to Yingsel, the brave Tibetan antelope who is speaking out for the rights of the Tibetan people ahead of the Games. Resettling 1/10 of the Tibetan population at this critical time is not going to win China any brownie points for sure.
New York - Yingsel, an endangered Tibetan antelope and one of China's five chosen mascots for the 2008 Olympic Games announced early this morning that she has defected from China's Olympic team in order to actively campaign for the freedom of her homeland. In a statement sent to Students for a Free Tibet, the young antelope known as "Ying Ying" in China, decried the Chinese government's attempts to use her as a propaganda tool to cover up its military occupation of Tibet. Tibetans and their supporters worldwide celebrated Yingsel's brave decision to speak out and vowed to raise awareness about her situation to the world. (more)