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Tibetan students lock themselves to Olympic rings in Beijing games protest

Posted by / December 11, 2021

A group of Tibetan students have chained themselves to the Olympic rings in protest of the Chinese treatment of Tibet and its people.

Japan has joined the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, joining a number of countries already doing so. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, has announced that the nation will not send government officials to the Beijing Olympics out of protect for China’s human right’s violations.  The Biden administration, meanwhile, is also expected to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics, meaning that no government officials will attend the games but athletes still will.

Canada was, weeks ago, discussions with its closest partners to organize a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. This week, aA UK-based investigatory tribunal said that it had sufficient evidence to call Chinese treatment of Uighurs genocide.

Three pro-Tibet protestors have been arrested in Greece for advocating a boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Increasing calls for boycotting the Beijing Olympics are increasing tensions with China all over the world. Thirteen MPs from Canada have signed a letter to the International Olympic Committee , urging them to relocate the Olympics from Beijing in protest of the genocide they’re perpetrating against Uighurs.

In his first call with Chinese official Yang Jiechi, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pressed China over its treatment of the Uighur and Tibetans.

The U.S. State Department has also labeled China’s treatment of the Uighur people genocide, the harshest criticism of Beijing’s action and a signal that the international community may increase pressure on Beijing.

Last month, the United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) has concluded, finally, that “crimes against humanity – and possibly genocide – are occurring” against the Uighur people.

Columbia professor Leta Hong Fincher has warned China watchers at the Center for International and Strategic Studies conference that the country is embarking on a eugenics program. 

“What caught my eye was that they actually use specific language saying that China needs to ‘upgrade population quality,’” she said. “They need to ‘optimize their birth policy.’ They even use a term … which is effectively emphasizing the role of eugenics in population planning in China.”

Pope Francis’s new book contained a long-awaited, if too subtle, condemnation of Beijing’s treatment of religious minorities, especially the Uighur people.7

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