Sun Ruonan’s ancestors opened the building as a restaurant on the axis south of Tiananmen Square a long time ago. The city tried to raze it last year to plant grass and ornamental shrubs beside the Olympic cycling route. Sun and her younger sister, Ruoyu, an Australian citizen, refused to vacate.
On Tuesday, Sun, 57, sat alone in the dining room of the restaurant, surrounded by her cats. Festive paper lanterns still hung in the dining room, which was redolent of cat litter and decay. It was 4 p.m. and Sun was still in her pajamas.
“I don’t really want to oppose the government,” she said, breaking into tears. “For those of us who have lived through the Cultural Revolution, this life is like heaven.”
The city has bullied her to leave. One night last year a bulldozer slammed into the building. Neighbors are paid to keep watch over her, and notify the police when she has guests. Sun said officials had pressed her doctor into refusing to give her care.
Her building is falling apart. The government, for the sake of appearances, has put up scaffolding with green netting around it.
As the cyclists race past her home in August, it will be easy for spectators to miss the posters, begging for help, taped to the door.
“I’m hanging here like a nail,” she said.
I think the Olympics is a load of rubbish, all the supposed high ideals about amateur sport undermined by drugs cheats and politics.
The Chinese regime and it’s appologists can carry on all they want about seperating politics from sport, but they were the ones who use politics when it suits them so they are stuck with it.
This deeply sad story is only one of thousands and the result of a regime that is completely out of touch and has no respect for it’s citizens.
I hope that every visitor and participant in this farce of a sporting events pauses to consider that by participating in the Olympics they are in their own small way legitimising this sort of abuse of peoples basic human rights.
Boiled down to the bare facts there is no other way to spin this. Every minute of time, every dollar of advertising revenue gives the communist regime the recognition and legitimacy it craves.