Posts Tagged ‘2008 Olympics’

He Kexin

14 Years old? Abso-bloody-lutely.

More Olympic fakery, eh? Just gets better and better. They lied to get the games and now they have them they cheat to win.

Apparently the IOC are on the case. Looking forward to the whitewash. Political pressure and all that.

Olympic News

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, rips Jacques Rogge and new hole.

Jacques Rogge is so bought, so compromised, the president of the IOC doesn’t have the courage to criticize China for telling a decade of lies to land itself these Olympic Games.

All the promises made to get these Games — on Tibet, Darfur, pollution, worker safety, freedom of expression, dissident rights — turned out to be phony, perhaps as phony as the Chinese gymnasts’ birthdates Rogge was way too slow to investigate.

One of the most powerful men in sports turned the world away from his complicity. Instead, he has flexed his muscles by unloading on a powerless sprinter from a small island nation.

Rogge’s ripping of Usain Bolt’s supposed showboating in two of the most electrifying gold-medal performances of these Games has to be one of the most ill-timed and gutless acts in the modern history of the Olympics

Brilliant stuff. Do read the rest.

Activists Get 10 Day Jail Sentences

An update to this post of mine. It appears from reports that the activists in question have been given a ten day administrative detention by Chinese Police.

Also:

A Tibetan nun named Sonam Yungzom is reported to have been shot while shouting slogans in Kardze town, eastern Tibet (now part of Sichuan province) on August 10th. One source says she yelled out: “There are no human rights in China, there is brutal oppression in Tibet, still the Olympics go on in China.” She was hit by five to six bullets and then her body was thrown in a vehicle and taken away.

Via SFT

And these images are from Boing Boing:

Nice to see our PM has been sucking up to the Chinese Government:

“The 2008 Beijing Olympics have set a new standard for the Olympic Games, which we in London in 2012 will seek to follow,” he said.

Contemptible.

Re-education through Labour (Chinese Style)

Wu Dianyuan & Wang Xiuying

Wu Dianyuan & Wang Xiuying

The two women, both in their late 70s, have never spoken out against China’s authoritarian government. Both walk with the help of a cane, and Ms. Wang is blind in one eye. Their grievance, receiving insufficient compensation when their homes were seized for redevelopment, is perhaps the most common complaint among Chinese displaced during the country’s long streak of fast economic growth.

But the Beijing police still sentenced the two women to an extrajudicial term of “re-education through labor” this week for applying to hold a legal protest in a designated area in Beijing, where officials promised that Chinese could hold demonstrations during the Olympic Games.

They became the most recent examples of people punished for submitting applications to protest. A few would-be demonstrators have simply disappeared, at least for the duration of the Games, squelching already diminished hopes that the influx of foreigners and the prestige of holding the Games would push China’s leaders to relax their tight grip on political expression.

“Can you imagine two old ladies in their 70s being re-educated through labor?” asked Li Xuehui, Ms. Wu’s son, who said the police told the two women that their sentence might remain in suspension if they stayed at home and stopped asking for permission to protest.

From the New York Times.

What complete Bastards. This is the real face of the Olympics – but with all the flag-waving, fireworks and pretty boys & (fake!)girls, you lot seem to have forgotten about it.

Pro-Tibet Protest

Five pro-Tibet activists have been arrested in China for unfurling a light banner saying “Free Tibet” in both Chinese and English. This happened outside Beijing’s Olympic Park complex. As yet the whereabouts of the activists is unknown.

A little more information, here.

Via Boing Boing

UPDATE: Alive in Baghdad creator, Brian Conley is one of those detained, along with his friend Jeffrey Rae. Three other bloggers and activists, Jeff Goldin, Michael Liss, and Tom Grant, have also been missing since Tuesday morning. Conley, 28, Rae, 28, Goldin, 40, Liss, 35, Grant, 39 are all American citizens.

Pro-Tibet Rally

Apparently, it’s been ruffling a few feathers. Tough Shit.

On China’s Poor

Here.

The bottom line is that the Olympics are not very important to the rural poor, who are unenthused by the prospect of glory for a country that has not done well by them. It’s telling that when recent polls have been done of Chinese satisfaction with their current life, the samples almost never include rural people. Rural Chinese women have one of the highest suicide rates in the world, while other polls of rural areas show high rates of anger at the high taxes and fees levied on rural people, essentially so that local officials can gorge themselves. “We don’t see the point of these Games,” one peasants’ activist told me last year, just after the police had thrown her out of her temporary house for the umpteenth time to stop her from protesting more. “We thought it might be good but it doesn’t help us”–sentiments echoed by nearly every other rural activist I’ve spoken with.

“..manifest failure on Press Freedom and Human Rights…”

No embed, sorry.

Alex Thompson of Channel 4 News sticks it to Giselle Davies of the IOC. Go here

Chinese Police Watch #1

ITV news journalist, John Ray has been arrested for covering a Free Tibet rally in Beijing.

Speaking by telephone from the back of the police van as he was driven away, Ray said: “I have been roughed up. They dragged me, pulled me and knocked me to the ground. Now they are filming me.”

He could then be heard asking the officers with him: “Why are you filming? I am a British journalist. I have all the Olympic accreditation I need.” Police officers could then be heard asking: “What’s your opinion on Tibet?” Ray replied: “I have no opinion on Tibet. I am a journalist.”

A police officer could then be heard telling him he was not allowed to use his telephone. The line went dead.

Police were also filming and taking pictures of other journalists at the scene.

Leopards, spots etc…

Wall hides entire Beijing Neighbourhood

Video Here

But business has gone steeply downhill at Heavenly Peak. Blame it on the wall.

Not that one, but the 8-foot brick wall Chinese authorities have erected down the south side of Luomashi Boulevard, obstructing a row of rundown storefronts, including Wu’s, and the alleyway “huttong” housing of the neighborhood. Walls like it have been built in many parts of the bustling city, as some 500,000 foreigners have come to town for the Games – part of the government’s pursuit of perfection, albeit sometimes a Potemkin perfection, in the way the ancient capital presents itself to the world.

“It is all because of the Olympics,” said Wu, 33, standing on the sidewalk between the wall and her store. “They wanted to make the street look prettier.”

Via The Boston Globe

Fakery

Singer – through crooked teeth!

Fireworks – Health and Safety!

Time to Remember

Promotional Poster for the \'72 Olympics

Promotional Poster for the '72 Olympics

Via

The real face of Beijing exposed

The real face of Beijing exposed

Copyright AP

Remember, pretty lights and dancing girls can sometimes be a distraction.