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Monday, April 07, 2008

I Can Dig it : Protesting


Recently the Olympic torch relay has been a flashpoint (ha) of anti-Chinese protest.


I am kind of digging it.


Given their horrific record of human rights abuses, the violent crackdown on Tibetan protestors, and the wanton destruction of the environment that currently characterizes the Chinese government, I think protesting the hosting of the 2008 Beijing games is awesome. Do I think we should withdraw in protest? No, it’s not fair to punish the athletes who don’t get to choose where the games are held.


Besides, China has taken upon itself to punish the athletes by giving them the most polluted air in which to compete of any Olympic games in history.


Go team!




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15 comments:

TheMoncurs said...

Amen. I'm so glad that people are taking advantage of this opportunity!

Gritty Pretty said...

azucar, funny that you bring this up since i have bags under my eyes from laying awake all night thinking about china's human right abuses. (i'm scheduled to travel to china in june.) i've been tainted by some of my fav movies ("the red violin" & "to live") and then last night my friend was telling me about being at tienemen square on a kbyu project a few years ago and witnessing a little old lady falun gong practitioner get thrown into an unmarked van and whisked away. the byu group asked what was going to happen to the woman and their tour guide nonchalantly said that she would be tortured and killed.

if i heard that i would be crazy horrified and then get carted away...? i think i might be too hot-blooded to go to china.

La Yen said...

You know what would be surreal? Going to the Wal Mart in China. And then complaining that everything was made in China.

Michelle said...

feeling the exact same way.

cafe rio whore said...

yeah but look at all the nice things we got from china, like pf changs.

AzĂșcar said...

I wonder if the goods in China's Wal-Mart are made in Sri Lanka.


CRW: Excellent point. Let's protest China by eating more of their food. I'm completely for it!


Dear China, thanks for the egg rolls, now stop torturing and killing old women, pro-democracy activists, Christians, peasants, intellectuals, and anyone else.

But seriously, thanks for the egg rolls.

tonya g said...

I can't believe they allowed the games to be held in Beijing period. I read some where that the soccer players were hacking up black stuff when they tried to practice in the city.

sue-donym said...

gritty - If you do end up going, please bring me back a Sherpa.

martha corinna said...

Oh, I am so looking forward to "I can dig it week".
Thanks for the kind words about the house, it means a lot considering that from what I can tell, you are the epitome of style.

Lois said...

I once took my kids to a small toy store and told them they could get anything they wanted as long as it WASN'T made in China.

When the store owner looked at me funny, I told her it was because I was tired of supporting communist regimes.

We could only buy Legos and Playmobil.

Suzie Petunia said...

VERY mixed feelings here. Protesting human rights violations = good. Attacking an athlete carrying the torch from his wheelchair = bad.

Queen Scarlett said...

Growing up in Utah... my parents always told us how awful the communists were and are... China's gov't continues to be that way. It has always annoyed me that no gov't is willing to stand up to them.

I'm with Suzie... it's all about remembering that it's China's gov't - not the common people that should be fought against. Reading the history and the conflicts that have occurred throughout generations... just makes me grateful to live here - in the US.

AzĂșcar said...

So, should the president boycott the opening ceremonies?

Sue said...

On NPR today they were talking about how they changed the Olympic torch route at the last minute so that the protesters were foiled in their efforts. That seemed kind of bad sportish to me.

reva said...

Your "Go Team!" cry is now part of my every day vernacular. Love it! I can't belive they gave it to China in the first place. I heard some Chinese national saying on NPR that they'd never give Tibet it's freedom because it's theirs, end of story. Hrm, NOOO, and I've got Richard Gere to back me up on that.