Will Protestors Overshadow the Olympics in China?

@vmenard (895)
United States
May 3, 2008 5:52pm CST
There have been several protests against China recently. From their treatment of the people in Tibet. To the ongoing protest over their sale of weapons to countries in Africa, like Darfur and Zimbabwe. While many call for the boycott of the opening ceromonies I doubt that will happen. But, I do wonder how China will manage to keep the focus on the protestors to a minimum. There is a lot to be angry about.
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6 responses
4 May 08
What is a protest going to achieve
@vmenard (895)
• United States
4 May 08
I'm not sure, but there is a bill in Congress to try and get President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies. Mia Farrow and a group of others think it will bring attention to Darfur. I'm not sure.
@youless (100264)
• Guangzhou, China
4 May 08
It doesn't make a sense to boycott China. I don't like people say the same thing without a deep thought. They even don't know more about China. The fact is the gangs killed innocent people and burned the houses. In such a situation, of course it should be stopped. Every country should do the same thing. This is not protest. As a protest won't cost the innocent people's lives and property. And people are afraid of seeing a stronger China and they try to make troubles towards our country. If you are jealous, that means to say you accept you are not better than me. The reasons to boycott China is silly and unreasonable. It is wrong to ignore China. But no matter what, Beijing Olympics will still be one of the best Olympics and China still goes forward. I love China
@vmenard (895)
• United States
4 May 08
"The fact is the gangs killed innocent people and burned the houses." I'm not sure what gangs you're speaking of. It's good you love China and I dont' think anyone is jealous. And I for one don't think I'm better then anyone and that's not the issue. People protest in the US and about the US all the time wheter it's Iraq or the fact that we're not doing enough to help people in need like the people of Darfur. "As a protest won't cost the innocent people's lives and property." I hope a protest wouldn't cost people their lives or property. A protest is a group of people standing up and saying they don't agree with something. Someone should stand up for the people of Darfur who are still suffering years after the war in the country broke out. Millions of people have been driven from their homes and are forced to live in overcrowded refugee camps. Is China to blame for all the problems in Darfur? No Does China sell weapons to the government of Darfur? Yes I think that's the point people are protesting. No one is saying China is a horrible country they would just like to see them stop aiding the government of Darfur.
@Alle91 (188)
• Australia
4 May 08
Seriously the West is completely hypocritical. If they're so against China trading with African countries because China is 'supporting human rights violation', they aren't doing much better either. If China is so crap, why is Australia still trading with China, why is America still trading with China? To them, just like everyone else trade isn't about ethics, trade is about the economy. So before we critisise China, we need to take a good look at ourselves.
@vmenard (895)
• United States
4 May 08
Every country is guilty of allowing terrible human rights violations to continue. However, there is no dispute the China is the largest supplier of weapons to the Sudan and many of these weapons are being used on the people of Darfur. It's not critisicm it's stating the situation.
@lilaclady (28227)
• Australia
3 May 08
I don't really know what is going on over there as I guess many of us don't but I don't really believe political things should be brought up in sport or entertainment so I hope the Olympics can be an enjoyable thing but having said that I can understand if their are people going through hell over there and need to have their plight brought to peoples notice so I can see both sides, I just wish the whole world some way could sit down and talk and every nation be free and at peace...
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
4 May 08
Hi vmenard, I believe that the Olympics will go as planned, and that the protests have already peaked. I would not expect much trouble in China itself. I disagree strongly with China's treatment of Tibet, but the Olympics are not the time for this, let our athletes have their time of celebration. No country has a perfect record when it comes to human rights. Blessings.
@limcyjain (3519)
• India
4 May 08
Surely i think the protests over treatment of people in tibet would surely have effect on the enthusiasm about olympics. It already has. Have we ever had players who made excuses to carry the olympic torch. This time we had. And the torch is running under heavy security giving a feeling that unity for the games is missing somewhere. Even attempts are being made to politically boycot the opening although with no sucess. But surely the opening of this topic itself is a proof that there is a feeling of discomfort somewhere. Hope we have some really good performances and new records which would gain limelight and the games shine bright.