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‘Wonderful’ Chinese Olympics

Well, the Olympics just gets better, aside from the cheating China has reneged on it’s word that the Olympics would bring change and freedom… Clearly the Chinese Communist Regime has an interesting interpretation of ‘freedom’.

In a sign that should reassure all those that fell for China and said they were going to be different, Chinese Police in Beijing have sentenced two women in the 70’s to a reeducation camp.

These women’s crime?

They had requested permission to protest at the designated protest areas because they claimed they had not been given fair compensation for their properties that were taken from them by the Regime to build flash venues for the Olympics.

They hadn’t actually got to protest, they merely asked for permission.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics, I guess those in the west who have been apologists for the Communist Regime are safe in the knowledge that their grandmothers won’t be packed of to reeducation camp because they object to having their properties taken from them for a pittance.

For me the whole farce is tainted by the complete lack of respect for Chinese Citizens rights, even very basic rights that we in the ‘west’ wouldn’t think twice about. All the new buildings and facilities have been build on the backs and blood of Chinese citizens. If people think that is what the Olympics is about and if people in democracies can ignore the flagrant abuse of people human rights all in the name of a sporting event, then we’re all screwed

To get the full story (it gets better, one of them is blind and they both need walking sticks) go here.

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Communist Olympics

Bare with me as this is quite a long quote…

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.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/28/asia/china.php

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.

Chinese ‘not’ politicising Olympics

It’s great to see some consistency from the Chinese Regime. In keeping with their firm desire not to politicise the Olympics officials at a ceremony in Tibet ‘celebrating’ to torch relay keep politics well out of it with these sophisticated comments…

“remarks made during a ceremony marking the passage of the torch through Tibet. The Communist Party boss there spoke of “smashing the separatist plot of the Dalai Lama clique”. China said it had a “solid position against politicising the Olympics”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7475441.stm

Everyone knows they are full of it, but the double standards are quite breathtaking really. As I’ve said before these guys really desperately need some PR help, using words like ‘clique’ is soooo yesterday – as in cultural revolution yesterday. I guess the really impressive thing is that this bunch run a country with the largest population in the world and they’re still stuck in a surreal time warp where capitalist roaders and running dogs are conspiring against the people of China.

It’s curious how some people jump on the Americans for the slightest thing (especially Bush), but comments like this go un-commented on. This is the biggest country in the world and they get away with this sort of thing. Where are all the ‘defenders’ of human rights that bleat on about Guantanamo Bay and how awful the American Government is? We don’t see many films about Chinese or Tibetan citizens being carted off in their thousands to reeducation camps, but there’s plenty hype and fuss over a few hundred people the USA has locked up under dubious circumstances.

If people made as much fuss about the way the Chinese Regime behaves as they do about Bush, maybe there would be some more changes – because predictably, they have seen the awarding of Olympics as an affirmation of their rule and have no intention of loosening on human rights up as some people have nievely suggested.