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French may protest Tibet at Olympic opening ceremony
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

France, yes, that's right, France is considering a small protest to demonstrate its dissatisfaction with China's handling of the Tibet affair:
Moves to punish China over its handling of violence in Tibet gained momentum Tuesday, with a novel suggestion for a mini-boycott of the Beijing Olympics by VIPs at the opening ceremony.

Such a protest by world leaders would be a huge slap in the face for China's Communist leadership.

France's outspoken foreign minister, former humanitarian campaigner Bernard Kouchner, said the idea "is interesting."

Kouchner said he wants to discuss it with other foreign ministers from the 27-nation European Union next week. His comments opened a crack in what until now had been solid opposition to a full boycott, a stance that Kouchner said remains the official government position.

The idea of skipping the Aug. 8 opening ceremony "is less negative than a general boycott," Kouchner said. "We are considering it."
It's "less negative?" Isn't the point of a protest to be negative? What he means is this may be acceptably negative - diplomats like to weigh their actions as proportional to the activity they're protesting.

Let's see, China invades Tibet in 1950, crushes its freedom and autonomy and hasn't let it out from under its iron grip since.

Yeah, skipping the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympic games seems about right. OTOH, at least France is considering something.
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pfft. They’ll be there. They can’t let us be anywhere without their fine and august presence to counteract our eeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil.
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seems like a good idea to me. The thing about a boycott is that while you make your point, you also punish all your athletes and spectators who had nothing to do with china’s actions.
Written By: ChrisB
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yes, a boycott of the opening ceremonies is a huge slap in the face of China and causes the athletes nothing at all.

I say do it.
Written By: capt joe
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a huge slap in the face of China
Please. It’s less of a meaningful gesture than a UN resolution.
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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21 Mar 2008,The Chinese news agency Xinhua says 10 people were killed in Lhasa on Friday,including five young women(of Han ethnic group)who were burned to death in a clothing outlet. Hu Jintao have them killed by rascals,or by spies of the CCP!
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