Boycott The Olympics

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The violence against Tibetans must stop. The Chinese are perpetrating these acts prior to the Olympic Games as if they are certain the world will do nothing. It is a slap in the face to all who care about human rights. In Lhasa, at least 80 people have been killed so far.  They are not limiting themselves to Tibet, they are also attacking Tibetans living in Chinese cities.

From The New York Times:

For now, Beijing’s line on Tibet is likely to harden. Military police officers are pouring in to stifle new protests. Nor are the demonstrations winning much public sympathy in a nation where Tibetans are a tiny minority. The state media has tightly controlled its coverage to focus on Tibetans burning Chinese businesses or attacking and killing Chinese merchants. No mention is made of Tibetan grievances or reports that 80 or more Tibetans have died.

Less than five months before the opening of the Olympics, Beijing is acutely worried about an international reaction and is arguing that its response to the protests has been reasonable. Qiangba Puncog, the taciturn chairman of Tibet’s government, said during a hurriedly convened news conference on Monday that the military police and other officers were not carrying lethal weapons and had not fired a single shot — despite multiple witnesses reporting gunshots.

They’ve not fired a single shot, eh? What killed all those people? Slingshots? They think they can control the information that gets out, keep the truth a secret. Maybe that worked pretty well fifty years ago, not now.

The Tibetans are a peaceful people. They simply want the freedom to practice their religion and live in peace.

From The Christian Science Monitor:

Asked why his fellow Tibetans were protesting now, Aron lowered his head, pondering the wisdom of a frank answer. The silence of the monastery, a warren of brightly painted temples straggling up a dusty hillside, was broken only by the cooing of pigeons and the musical tones of wind chimes fluttering from temple eaves.

He looked up, clearly resolved to speak from the heart. “Because we want freedom,” he replied.

By that, he said, he meant both political independence for Tibet, which Chinese troops occupied in 1951, and religious freedom for Buddhist monks, who complain of restrictions by Chinese authorities.

“We want our culture to survive and to pass it on,” said a fellow monk, who also asked not to be identified. “But we don’t want to use violence; we want to solve this problem in a peaceful way.

As if that weren’t enough reason to boycott the Olympics, how about this?  China is supporting the Burmese regime by buying up great quantities of jade and other gemstones to use in trinkets to sell at the Games.

According to Human Right’s Watch (HRW), Burma’s junta owns a majority stake in each of the country’s mines – many of them sitting on land confiscated from local communities – sanctioning both unsafe working conditions and forced and child labor. The European Union passed rules in November banning imports of Burmese rubies and jade, and Canada and the US Senate followed suit in December.

And then there’s the Chinese presence in Sudan.

But the Chinese [oil] operations were marked “from the beginning,” by a “deep complicity in gross human rights violations, scorched-earth clearances of the indigenous population,” says Sudan activist Eric Reeves, a professor at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Giving expert testimony before the congressionally mandated US-China Economic and Security Review Commission last August, Mr. Reeves claimed the Chinese gave direct assistance to Khartoum’s military forces which, in turn, burned villages, chased locals away from their homes, and harmed the environment while prospecting for oil.

Brad Phillips, director of Persecution International, an aid group working in South Sudan, has seen the destruction firsthand. “The Chinese are equal partners with Khartoum when it comes to exploiting resources and locals here,” he says. “Their only interest here is their own.” He would love to see the Chinese sponsor a school here, he says, or a clinic, or an agricultural program, or “anything for the people.” But there is nothing like that in sight. Just miles of desolate land.

“The Chinese simply do not care about us,” says Martin Buywomo, Paloich’s mayor. “They have no contact. They never even came to my tent to pay respects. They think we are lesser people.” A member of the Shilluk tribe who attended British mission schools, Mr. Buywomo puts down the worn copy of George Eliot’s 19th-century classic “Silas Marner” he is reading and continues sadly. “We see them in their trucks but they overlook us. If they saw us dying on the road, they would overlook us.”

China cares only about money. The only way to make them listen is through the pocketbook.

And the Olympics? They are not what they once were. The Games are all about money nowadays. I remember the excitement of watching the Olympics when I was a kid. That excitement is gone. Who can sit through the hours of over-produced, schmaltzy life stories and ten thousand ads and believe all that has anything to do with amateur athletics? The realness is gone. The sports are an aside—athletes are being used and we shouldn’t buy it.

Why should China make piles of money off of sports lovers when their government is committing grave human rights abuses? And, Linda reports, “Ironically this week the US removed China from its list of human rights abusers.” What? Great timing.

Boycott the Olympics. Write to your members of Congress.

Linda has written a lot about the Tibetan situation, please see her site. You can also sign petitions here.

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I want to be clear here that when I say China and the Chinese, I mean the government. Just as it is not fair to assume that all Americans support our government and its actions, neither is it fair to blame all Chinese for their government’s actions.

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11 responses to “Boycott The Olympics

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  2. Ovidia

    Hi! I only just ‘found’ you here–but thanks for posting this!!!

    btw it’s not just the Nepalese in Nepal you know… it’s all the refugees/exiles outside–well, mostly in India–being a refugee stinks. Who wouldn’t go home to your own home & goats if you could, right?

    I don’t think it’s enough to say ‘boycott’ the Olympics. People want to play games (friendly competition is much better than battle!), sports should be ‘above’ politics, sponsors want their messages seen… can’t we set up an alternative Olympics where boycotting nations can go compete?

  3. Hi Ovidia,

    Yes, sports should be above politics, but how can they be in this case? You’re right, an alternative Olympics would be a way for the athletes to compete without supporting China. The athletes are the ones caught in the middle in this case.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. What a shame, the whole thing. I would support an alternative Olympics but in the meantime, I’m boycotting Chinese products as much as possible.

  5. MelaMelgel

    Thank you for your informative article. This gives us much to think about. The Chinese presence in Sudan has only made a lot worse an already full fledged holocaust of something like 2 million southern Sudanese. Probably the biggest holocaust in the world right now. It’s about oil and greed and China’s a big part of it.

    I followed up on the people you quote here. Brad Phillips shows up big time on the Google-dar. (BTW, the name of his organization is actually Persecution Project Foundation) He seems to spend a lot of time getting himself interviewed. Loves the spotlight. No doubt good for the fund raising. He’s also got a major bad reputation. Something to do with stealing the master copy of a video from a film production company and selling it himself before it had been cleaned up of important intelligence info that the Sudanese government used to bomb targets with. Allegedly hundreds of people died because of Brad Phillips’ greed. Let’s hope that the Brad Phillips’s of the world are the exception rather than the rule of those who are seeking to help the persecuted Sudanese.

    More at http://ministrywatchman.com/?p=83

  6. MelaMelgel, Thank you for your comment. Concerning the Christian Science Monitor quote, it is a true shame if Phillips is what you say.

    I hope the Sudanese people will know peace. They have lived through so much horror.

  7. “it’s not just the Nepalese in Nepal you know”

    what does this comment mean?

    the reality is that Nepal has totally caved in to the Chinese and are arresting any Tibetan protesters they can find in Kathmandu!

  8. P.S.
    Nepal has said it will not allow protests against any “friendly nation,” including China. Do you know who runs Nepal now? The Maoists! Nepal’s king was basically kicked out.

    wyrdbyrd, you might want to see my latest post on Tibet today.

  9. Linda, I think she meant that all refugees everywhere suffer. Perhaps she is meaning Tibet when she says Nepal.

    Will check out your post. . . .

  10. will check out Linda’s post as well. this is a difficult, terrible situation. the Olympics should not be politicized, but of course they have been. China was a terrible country to have them in.

  11. Yes, it was the Olympic Committee’s fault in the first place for awarding China with the Games.

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