Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Olympic Protests: Getting Warmed Up

Foreign activists unfurled pro-Tibet banners at a key Olympics venue Wednesday and spoke out against China's rights record in Tiananmen Square, in the first attempts to use the spotlight of the games to raise other issues.

One athlete, U.S. swim star Amanda Beard, also made a public political gesture, on behalf of animal rights.

All of the groups tangled with Chinese authorities, who are determined to make sure the communist government's plan for the Beijing Games to be an international showcase for the country goes off without a hitch.

Two men from Students for a Free Tibet each climbed a light pole in front of the so-called Bird's Nest and put up the banners at dawn, said Lhadon Tethong, the New York-based group's executive director. The other two — a man and a woman — provided support from the base of the poles, she said.

Later Wednesday, three Americans spent almost an hour in the iconic Tiananmen Square criticizing Beijing's handling of issues ranging from forced abortions to the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement to pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989.

"It was important for us that there be a clear voice speaking out against the Chinese government's abuse of human rights," Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, said in a telephone interview.

The trio also set up a banner in the square that said "Christ is King" and knelt and prayed. Brandi Swindell, national director of the activist group Generation Life, also put out seven roses in memory of those who died in the military crackdown on pro-democracy protests on and near the square in 1989.


Anonymous said...

You are a bigot against Chinese. Everything I see in your blog proves that you are a white supremacist. Now you focus your hate against the Chinese. What is next, Catholics?

Tibet has been an integral part of China for hundreds of years. I seem to recall that your country had its separatist movement, and your country had its war to stop that.


War Monger Hippy Hawk said...

Dear Zhao,

I am not a white supremacist or a bigot.

A white supremacist is a person who is white and has the mistaken belief that he (and his race) is superior to all others.

A bigot is an idiot that was taught he is superior to all others and never questioned it.

I was not taught, nor do I believe I am superior to all others. I FUCKING KNOW.

I am not against any people, race color or creed. Male or Female. But the Chinese government is behind the Sudanese government, and the Sudanese are carrying out Genocide.

Tibet is not Chinese, the only reason the Chinese are in Tibet is to have high ground against India.