Aug 11, 2008

An Internet Sampler Of China Olympics Critics

From the Epoch Times: Olympic Opening Betrays Chinese Culture
"The grand image created by the Opening Ceremony is intricately connected with China’s human rights abuses. The grand image becomes the justification for the Chinese Communist Party’s rule that the masses should willingly serve and a means of control of the masses.

Such grand images have been labeled “development,” “harmony,” and now a “safe Olympics.” Those who depart from the requirements for the grand image have no network of relations that protects them.

The Chinese people forcibly removed from their homes for the building of the Olympic venues have certainly gained no sympathy from the regime, and have failed predictably in their efforts to register a protest in one of the three parks Beijing set aside ostentatiously for protestors during the Olympics.

It is for the sake of the grand image of ensuring a safe Olympics that countless Chinese people have been arrested, jailed, and tortured. Falun Gong adherents are the largest group of people suffering such oppression. About 10,000 Falun Gong were arrested in the Olympic preparations, and some of them have been tortured to death faster than ever before.

From Cocorioko:
If the IOC was true to its word, we shouldn’t be in China this August. How many people lost their homes because the IOC was coming to town? We have heard of forceful evacuations in exchange for pittance. Families uprooted from their ancestral homes and land because the IOC was guest of honour. From a moral standpoint, for which the IOC has become a flag bearer, China should be the last of places to host the Olympics.

"BEIJING (Reuters) — Some International Olympic Committee officials cut a deal to let China block sensitive websites despite promises of unrestricted access, a senior IOC official admitted on Wednesday. Persistent pollution fears and China's concerns about security in Tibet also remained problems for organizers nine days before the Games begin. China had committed to providing media with the same freedom to report on the Games as they enjoyed at previous Olympics, but journalists have this week complained of finding access to sites deemed sensitive to its communist leadership blocked. 'I regret that it now appears BOCOG has announced that there will be limitations on website access during Games time,' IOC press chief Kevan Gosper said, referring to Beijing's Olympic organizers. 'I also now understand that some IOC officials negotiated with the Chinese that some sensitive sites would be blocked on the basis they were not considered Games related,' he said."

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