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The truth is that China has the games because they are an emerging superpower, nothing more, human rights be damned.
I used to believe the Olympics represented an ideal. No longer.
For the people who don`t know what the Tibet thing is about... Tibet had a very, very unique, spiritual culture back in the day, and then they were annexed by Red China. In 1959, the American CIA supplied information and supported politically a Tibetan uprising, which led to almost a million people unaccounted for, and 1.25 million Tibetan men dead... out of the 3, 4, 5 million people that accounted for the whole population. Since then, there`s been DOZENS, maybe HUNDREDS, of incidences where supporters of Tibet have been killed by torture, sent out of country to work as labor in China, or simply killed by the Chinese for shouting slogans in the streets.
Media is suppressed and censored in Tibet.. no reporters are allowed in or out, and being caught filming a riot or protest in Tibet will have you easily shot by the Chinese.
To add to it all, the culture of Tibet has been completely smothered by the millions of chinese immigrants.
1) I guess the flame has to go every previous Olympic site on its way to Beijing, otherwise I cant see it going through London. But London is hosting the 2012 games, which haven`t happened yet.
2) Looks like that Olympic committee has to team up and save the flame. They`d be so screwed if it went out, however I suspect that the runner is just for show and they have a backup flame nearby.
3) Screw Tibet, its not a country, its just a part of china. Leave the conquerors alone. Its not like you had relatives who were killed there.
4) Why do people care about Tibet? Thats ancient history. I could start complaining about many other lands that were annexed.
Perhaps you are right in that sense. However a lot of people in Tibet look up to the Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader and he is recognised as a leader around the world. I agree with him, dialogue is the key.
"Son of Rambo" WTF?God damn I hate The Movies.
And the today i Paris the torch relay was cut short ebcause of so many protesters
Lawl, did you see how that protester got completely THROWN to the ground? Niiiiice.
How is a store that thrives on selling cheap Asian made (China included) items "paying back China"???
Wal-Mart even has stores in China that are making Billions and providing jobs. You`re such a genius Devi...lol
Probably not but the rest of Tibet does approve of it because they`re tired of being oppressed by the People`s Republic of China who send armed police to silence unarmed protestors and journalists.
I think not, he wants the olympics to go ahead.
Does this picture ring a bell?
Let`s fight for Tibet.
OH MAN BURN!
alikabul:i did not copy-paste that from google. However I will admit that i got the information from Wikipedia, but i did not directly copy and paste.
American Revolution, anybody?
a good bit of publicity, nonetheless
and why is this happening? obviously im missing some vital piece of news.