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Monday, April 07, 2008

China gets torched

It's rare that I'm on the same page as rioting French protesters. Granted, I'm more concerned with China's dismal human rights record overall than I am their position on Tibet. But still, it's good to see the international embarrassment this is bringing China.
Officials put out Olympic torch 3 times

PARIS - Security officials extinguished the Olympic torch three times Monday as protests against China's human rights record turned a relay through Paris into a chaotic series of stops and starts.

Despite massive security, at least two activists got within almost an arm's length of the flame before they were grabbed by police. Officers tackled many protesters and carried off some of them. A protester threw water at the torch but failed to extinguish it and was also taken away.
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Some 3,000 officers were deployed on motorcycles, in jogging gear and using inline roller skates. Still, police barely stopped the second rush at the torch, and the attempt to extinguish it with water. Other demonstrators scaled the Eiffel Tower and hung a banner depicting the Olympic rings as handcuffs.
The propaganda coming from Chinese authorities is laughable.
"The act of defiance from this small group of people is not popular," said Sun Weide, a spokesman for the Beijing Olympic organizing committee. "It will definitely be criticized by people who love peace and adore the Olympic spirit. Their attempt is doomed to failure."
Doomed to failure? Who says that anymore? And I think it takes more than a "small group of people" to get past 3,000 officers!

The protesters have been effective in canceling torch relays.
Olympic torch relay cancelled amid protests

PARIS (Reuters) - A relay of the Olympic torch through Paris was cancelled on Monday and the flame was put on a bus at the request of Chinese officials after pro-Tibetan protesters repeatedly snarled its progress, police said.

The Chinese authorities organizing the five-hour passage of the torch decided to give up the road relay after human rights demonstrations in front of parliament and opted instead to speed the flame through the streets on a bus.

Shortly before, the Chinese cancelled a planned reception for the torch at Paris city hall at the last minute after a banner supporting human rights was hung from the facade of the building, mayor Bernard Delanoe told reporters.

"The Chinese officials decided they would not stop here because they were put out by Parisian citizens expressing their support for human rights. It is their responsibility," he said.
If the French can do anything, they can protest!

San Francisco seems to have had a protesting bug for a number of years as well. I can't wait to see what happens when the torch lands there...

4 Comments:

Blogger wobble declared,

Yeah everything from China is laughable unless you can read a second language not from the western super powers.
Ever been to China? Ever read the history about Tibet?
Keep reading every piece of story told by CNN BBC...
We have the "worse human rights"record for over half a century but we still can see your blog and hear your opinion, but have u ever bothering to get to know China even a little bit beyond newspapers?

4/08/2008 2:48 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

You're reading my blog, but you're censored from reading numerous other sites. Your government still teaches that the moon landing was faked in a studio. I've met Chinese people who have a lot of pride in their country and refuse to admit that there could be fault. Admittedly, much of this is due to the government suppression of information and the fact that the only information they've been fed has been from the government and they have no reason to question it.

4/08/2008 8:09 AM  
Blogger wobble declared,

It's nice to know moon landing was faked by your information(do you think it's a smart move for a government trying to cheat its people by lieing about about a fact in 1969?). You can doubt about a goverment meanwhile despise billion people's IQ

Oh by the way, if we are censored to be blind, someone chose the same without any filter in their internet

4/08/2008 8:59 PM  
Blogger Joey declared,

Wow, ignorance makes me laugh sometimes.

4/24/2008 11:18 PM  

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