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Repression continues in China, one month before Olympic Games
The Reporters Without Borders list of nine things the Chinese authorities must do before the Beijing Olympic Games:
Reporters Without Borders also supports the eight demands of the Collectif Chine JO 2008 (China 2008 Olympics Collective), an alliance of nine human rights organisations based in France:
Reporters Without Borders wrote to IOC Jacques Rogge


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What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Reporters Without Borders today urged heads of state, heads of government and members of royal families to boycott the 8 August opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games because of the Chinese government’s mounting human rights violations and the glaring lack of freedom in China.

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21.08.2008 - olympicsong - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Hi Folks ! We, the olympic song messengers do have some good ideas to avoid the question of boycotting or not boycotting our own games (irrespective of where the games take place).

Idea One: Wherever the games take place, let the olympic venues be declared as diplomatic compund belonging to the free world! Everyone plays by the olympic rules (not the ioc rules or the rules of the host nation).

Idea Two: Let the olympic games take place only in Greece! One or two nations can be given the status of "special-guests" for each olympics. Every one should be happy with this arrangement, don’ U agree?

21.08.2008 - olympicsong - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Hello Friends ! It was good that the opening ceremonies in beijing was not really boycotted. Otherwise, it would habeen like we boycotting ourselves. The olympic games do not belong to the chinese (or nay other nation where the games happen to take place). Whoever may be the host, the games still belong to humanity (all of us, not just the sportsmen+women). From next time onwards, it might be a good idea to place the olympics first and the nation second. Olympic-in-Beijing and not Beijing olympics. The chinese politicians just forgot that they are the hosts and not the owners of the games. As it has been now established that the chinese politicians never actually intended to respect the tenets of the olympics, let’s all hope that the next time around, the IOC wouldn’t stick it’s neck in the sand and act blind. The guys at the IOC were just cowards. May be it’s time for them to resign! Would we think of awarding the olypics 2016 to iran (with the present power in place)? Well, need we say more?
20.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Reporter without Border, time to prepare for your next campaigns. i.e Boycott the London Olympic Game, Call for Free Ireland, Free Scotland, Free Wales, Human right violation and the glaring unfair treatment of Muslim in UK (definitely France too). Maybe also call for the English Queen (and of course France too) to return all the national treasures stolen from other countries during their imperialism and colonism past. I’m sure there will be at least 1.3billion chinese people who will have alot to say on what they think of any such call for a boycott of the London Olympic opening ceremony. I will join protest organised and do crazy stuff to attract the necessary media attention. You can make alot of money and collect donations too.

Will you guys do it? Let’s see how hyprocite you guys can be!!

19.08.2008 - PING GUO - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

ENDLESS LIES,,,ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,,,

I AM 23 YEARS AWAY FROM CHINA,,,

LONG FOR A FREE CHINA...

16.08.2008 - Eric - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I think it makes complete sense Beijing is a joke,China will never respect Human Rights. Their Unlawful invasion of Tibet is proof.Visit amnesty int for info
15.08.2008 - Azazello - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

"Selling T-shirts to ignorant peeps" huh?

Well, you seem well and truly entitled to talk about ignorance, being such an all-round expert of the subject.

13.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Boycott US for invading Afganistan and Iraq.
11.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Hmmm... don’t ya think it’s unfair to take this out on sportsmen and sportswomen when politicians don’t get involved? This was their day after all. You guys are a waste of time. And making money at the same time by selling T-shirts to ignorant peeps. Shame on you.
10.08.2008 - Journalist - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I support a boycott. China has not kept its promises for human rights inside the country and supplies arms to Burma. It will take some decades until the Olympic Games will be able to correct an image that negative. The IOC has sold itself and the athletes for a high price.
10.08.2008 - Jonathan Toh - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Reporters Without Borders - please do not be hypocrites.

No nation is perfect ... so don’t expect China to be. So Reporters Without Borders, please stop all this nonsense of yours. In case you think I’m a mainland Chinese, I’m not. I’m neutral but just cannot stand the double standards being applied here.

Recent events show that many advanced countries see the ghosts of their hideous past catching up with them. US, Japan and Australia leaders had all apologized for the wrong things their ancestors had done to the Blacks, Ainus and Aborigines respectively.

By your standards that you applied on China today, you should have boycotted Tokyo Summer Games and Nagano Winter Games. Why? The culture and language of the Ainu people has been eliminated. The Ainu population had been completely decimated. How hypocritical of Japanese who sympathize with Tibetans?

By you standards that you applied on China today, you should have boycotted the Sydney Games. Why? The aborigines in Australia have been completely marginalized. Their children had been stolen and forced to be raised in white families. The aborigines had once been considered as part of the "fauna" and therefore not included in the census.

By you standards that you applied on China today, you should have boycotted the Atlanta Games. Why? Ask yourselves how the blacks were enslaved in the past. Ask yourselves how the Red Indians had been massacred. How had the United States grown in size? It is a country founded on pure naked ambitions through conquests and occupation of others’ land, through massacres of natives that failed to submit. And now, they try to atone for their sins by championing human rights. Who can be more hypocritical than this? People in the US did not even have the fundamental right of walking in the streets and attending university without fear of being randomly gunned down. Surely this country cannot be a model for others. Morally bankrupt and now financially so, thanks to the sub-prime crisis.

By you standards that you applied on China today, you should have boycotted the Tour de France. Why? Ask yourselves which country has blatantly polluted the pristine Pacific Atolls with nuclear tests?

Talking about brutal crackdown on the Tibetan rioters? What had China done wrong to suppress rioters that ran amok and killed people and burnt buildings? Any legitimate government has the right to crush such violent protest. Didn’t the Senior George Bush said “use whatever force it takes” to stop the LA riots? Didn’t the US send in the army and tanks to stop the violence? Weren’t rioters killed as a result? Peaceful protests by Tibetans are fine. But when they turned violent, the Tibetans had breached the conduct of true Buddhists. They are all but a complete disgrace to the Buddhist world.

China had done well by not colonizing others when its naval fleet was the most powerful in the world during the time of Admiral Cheng Ho. Look at what Western navies did when they became powerful? They began an orgy of colonization and exploitation. They killed and enslaved others. They looted and plundered.

Western leaders have done well by attending the Olympics. They should also visit the Yuan Ming Yuan to see for themselves what their ancestors had done to destroy a beautiful park in China, just to force China into submission.

By contrast, what China has done in Tibet is far more benign. Tibetans have been exempted from the one-child policy that applies to the majority Han Chinese. Tibetans have been freed from their feudal and violent systems. Are these things that the pro-Tibet foreigners know about?

If you want to free Tibet, why don’t you free Hokkaido, why don’t you free North America, why don’t you free Australia? So for goodness sake, sympathizing with Tibetan is fine but don’t overdo it. If you are from those countries I mentioned, don’t even do all these pro-Tibet protests. Otherwise, you are just a complete hypocrite unless you can save the culture and language of the minorities in your own countries first, and provide them with equal rights and opportunities.

The Olympics are about sports ... so please give sports fans and athletes a break. If you choose to be hypocrites and still want to protest, please protest during G8 meetings and UN General Assemblies.

Lastly, my advice to mainland Chinese: Give these advanced countries a taste of their own medicine. Set up free-Hokkaido, free-Hawaii and free-Australia campaigns, web-sites etc and promote boycott of these countries.

10.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

A chinese commoner just killed an American in Beijing and thereafter committed sucide! This just show how the people in and out of China had grown to dislike and even hate people from the west...and thanks to people from RWB and the western media who tried to `hijack’ a century old dream of the Chinese people.

Can’t we live in a world where we are respectful and friendly to each other. I’ve learn that if one truely cares for someone, one has to first become his friend. Then when you advice him, he will be more likely to listen because he knows that your advice has good intention. What RWB and the western media does now are just jealous former imperialists who don’t care what are to become of China or it’s people. They think they are the most `righteous’ race on earth and they think only they have the right solutions. They think that those who do not subscribe to what they think are right are all unhumanright! They are all just rude and disrespectful people who had conveniently forgot how they had been before...now they are preaching what is human right now! And they all closed their eyes to IRAQ, Guantanamo and the lists goes on..........

10.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Congratulations China!. You’re definitely on your way up to be a great nation. As you rise at your own pace that is good for your people, I’m sure you will learn to be more responsible and open. Don’t worry about the many western distractors who are just showing themselves as hypocrates, jealous former imperialists, colonalists or even `hijackers of dreams’ who will go all out to distract your focus and dreams. These people are doom to fail as they are just selfish elements whom I’ve a term best describe them: "A pot calling a kettle Black". Go China Go. May all the sportman and sport woman in Beijing enjoy yourselves.
9.08.2008 - ABC - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
The West has shown its true colours in its reflexive response to the Beijing 2008 Olympic games. Watching the Opening Ceremonies was painful because of the white person’s (with a British accent) patronizing commentary. Coverage of the Olympics from the West is sandwiched in between documentaries and segments on Chinese __(something bad this)____ and ____(something bad that----. ) Personally I am not surprised at this immature reaction. Under the guise of humanitarian concerns, Bush took control of Iraq which also just HAPPENS to contain a lot of oil. Under the guise of saving the uncultured barbarians, the British colonized India and turned the locals into the servant class. When can the West admit to themselves their true emotional reaction to the growth and maturity of China? Why can’t the West simply accept they are threatened and move on, in a mature way, by focusing on improving their own flaws?
9.08.2008 - Erika G. Rockwell - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

To NOT boycott the Olympics in China is to support the regime. I cannot do that. Personally, I am boycotting the entire thing, but have sent my well wishes to the thousands of athletes who’re expressing strength of soul and embracement of diversity. Everything Olympia stands for is being repressed by the Chinese government, and basic human rights and justices are being breached—to not use this as an opportunity to stand for Tibetans, against the Fur Trades, against the repression and control of their people, against their blatant racism and intolerance, would be as bad as encouraging these acts.

I wish well all athletes, and hope for a great platform for them to challenge themselves and the human soul, and to express the joy of diversity that make the Olympic Games what they are. I also wish well the Chinese people who’re not to be blamed for the wrongs of their controlling government.

9.08.2008 - tiredofthisnonsense - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I think sports and politics should not mix. Your biased reports on China will not help the country to democracy. I just visited China last month. Ordinary people are so happy and so proud of hosting the Olympic Games. Go there to see it with non-biased eyes (if you do have one)!
9.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Yes, all RWB reporters and many of it’s hypocratic supporters should be sent to Guantanamo Bay. After spending some time there, maybe they will see some lights and achieve `enlightenment’. This is what the real tibet monks are suppose to do...unlike those who had put on the robe and pretend to be monks but out to hijack dreams of sport people by creating problem/riot and even killed innocent people just to attract western media attentions. Shame to RWB and all the fake monks.
9.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Wow, what a spectular grand opening ceremony! Truely reflective of a great rising China. Unfortunately, there will always be jealous elements who won’t give China a chance to grow as all developed nations had done so before they are what they are today. It’s fortunate that those like RWB who had tried to `hijack’ the olympic had failed terribly! I now wish for these reporters to be sent to Guantanomo as they should experience for themselves how `terrorist hijackers’ had been treated there. Maybe they will be less hypocratic after some time there and will not try again to hijack dreams from the many great sportman and women as well as the billions of Chinese all over the world.
8.08.2008 - The Truth - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Boycotting the opening ceremony alone is pointless.

All nations with democratic process must boycott the ENTIRE GAMES.

All people who respect the rights of humans everywhere should BOYCOTT ALL OLYMPIC VENUES, TV COVERAGE, and refuse to purchase paraphernalia associated with the games.

The world should have adopted this attitude in 2001 when the Olympics were wrongly awarded to this country that wrongfully oppresses its people, occupies territory that isn’t theirs, has no respect for the environment, and jails more political prisoners than all of the other nations of the world combined.

Although great economic gains have been made in China, it’s support of other despotic regimes is disgusting, and the overwhelming majority of its own people are not benefitting from this new prosperity.

Democratic nations and the IOC support of the Beijing Olympics is a sham, farce, and hypocrisy of epic proportions. It’s time to say, "Enough!" and call this spade a spade.

8.08.2008 - Carl - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I will not be watching any of the events over the next two weeks!
8.08.2008 - Old whitehair - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I have seen part of the Olympics opening ceremony on TV, so I guess it is now too late to discuss boycotting it.

Why focus on the Olympics? Do you have a specific problem with Chinese sport, or is it part of a wider wish to hurt China?

If the latter, contributor Zhang Chi pointed out the economic power of China in his message 3.08.2008. China is now beginning to dominate the global economy, and if you want to hurt China, act against that, and boycott Chinese-manufactured goods.

From personal examples: I wanted a digital camera in 2006, decided that a Canon A620 met my needs. Canon Inc is a Japanese company isn’t it? Yes, but when I got the camera it was "Made in China".

My wife and I needed to buy a car a year ago. We found that the Honda Civic suited us well. Japanese company, but the Civic is built in Britain. When it developed an obscure electrical fault early this year, the dealer loaned us a ’courtesy car’ while it was being worked on. The little Honda Jazz was marked "Made in China" under the bonnet.

The Civic was fitted with Honda satellite navigation, that also needed repair. I did not re-fit it, as I did not find much use for it, and filled the space with a good car radio & CD player. Make: Alpine (with offices in Europe) but when I examined the radio carefully it was "Made in China".

When I upgraded the memory in my Dell PC, I bought modules from Kingston. At one time these were made in Korea or Taiwan. Now they all seem to be "Made in China". The same applies to the last lot of blank CD-ROM disks that I bought. And the cheap telephone handset for the spare room: branded BT (British Telecom) but marked "Made in China" underneath. Philips is a Dutch electrical company, but several of the low-energy fluorescent light bulbs that I have fitted at home are marked: "Made in P.R.C." (People’s Republic of China).

I subscribed to a British broadband ISP a while ago, and they supplied the D-Link brand ADSL modem/router. D-Link Corporation is in Taiwan, and the router came from D-Link GmbH in Germany - but it is marked: "Made in China".

Recently I needed a simple USB keyboard for a laptop. The PCLine brand suited me, even though it is "Made in China". What choice did I have, when *every* keyboard in the shop was made in China, even the fancy multi-function Microsoft brands. You would think, wouldn’t you, that a big rich powerful US Corporation like Microsoft would make sure that its own-brand keyboards were built by an American manufacturer?

And so the list goes on. If you are in favour of boycotting not just the Peking Olympics, but China in general, you must look carefully at everything you buy. Except that you may find that if you avoid Chinese-made goods, there may be no alternative available to you!

There are wider ramifications too. The UK government has been claiming that UK carbon emissions have been falling in the past few years as we adopt more "green" strategies. This has just been shown to be false, in the sense that we have stopped manufacturing things in Britain that need much energy and create CO2 pollution, and have started importing them from abroad, China and India in particular. The concept of "embedded carbon" in these imports actually causes our direct+indirect carbon emissions to have increased over the past few years.

8.08.2008 - F.J. - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Are this voices comming from within chinese people? Because if not, there will be no observable changes. Of course the international support is somewhow usefull but only if can truly penetrate the "voal".

I think in a realist manner. Yes every people from this planet should have inalienable rights as in the truly democratic countries, but the reality is that every country has a stability of his own. China was big empire before actual regim, an empire that like other empires had an economy based on expansion and opresion of his own people much worst than actual regim. So I believe that the actual communist regim (of course literaly cannot be communistm - there must be a much higher level of conscience to achieve this) is a step forward in the evolution of China as a state acknowledged by the other states from this planet. Because China has a strong tradition the things are slower than in other countries, but this is a matter of beliews and despite of aparent different atittude between government and his citizen, the actual politics in China are a direct consequence of that tradition. Imagine what the situation would be if the Japan Empire had win the war. I don’t ever want to think about that. Japanese where a strong and fanatic people. In the second world war they’ve done bad things in all countries they have occupied. The cruelty of their acts was frightening of course as germans done, there can not be a separate judgement for japanese. But both are small countries compared with China. China have a much more powerfull destructive potential than all Axis countries together had. There (I mean in China) are many voices, that are good voices, but how about organized crime or the remains of old empire, what they want? The ways of power are many. The level of education is low and self knowledge are weak for the ordinary people that are so many in China and this is happening because they are so many and is hard to find for each of them the material resources for a true education as in the occidental countries. The education asure in the most cases the necessar level of conscience to form a good character for a person. So this are the reasons, in my opinion, for this situation.

I think I am right with my opinion.

When the time will come the things will happen for China as in my country or another countries who had a communist regime, there is no reason for accelerate this process.

When the voices from within chines peoples will be many enought to break the regime than the international comunity should help "a litle", of course as in my country, was done. :) This is a hard thing to recognize when the time will come, but I think that the international espionaj services will do their job to ensure that no other bad things happen with China, because if them will happen, than we will be in a so deep sheet that I cannot say.

8.08.2008 - kan - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
boycott of the beijing olympics is foolish you don’t know the real China
8.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

just invade China already!

I will be in the mountains the whole time in a very big bunker

8.08.2008 - This video says it nicely.

The illusion of a peaceful Olympics is ludicrous.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP2A7EHoN7U

8.08.2008 - Myke Allred - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I’m not just boycotting the opening ceremony. I want to boycott the entire Olympics. I am totally apalled when I watch reporters talking about what China has done to prepare for the Olympics and then smilingly talking about how wonderful the Olympics will be. The Chinese goverment has destroyed the homes of over 1 million people to build the different Olympic sites. They have diverted water from farming areas to supply fountains, swimming pools, hotels, and FLOWERS. I cannot believe that people are not crying out in righteous anger that this should not be.
7.08.2008 - Luca Biason - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

"People outside China can hardly imagine how ethusiastic all the chinese people is about the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.They have changed a lot for such an event.Their effort worth respecting.It’s absolutely not a right thing to boycott the opening ceremony.

We can talk about human rights,try to make it better in China,but not in such a silly way.It woule be a shame on human history.Sports has nothing to do with politics.

YOU should also think about a question that how much do U know about China.They have their own point of view towards western value.There are too much misunderstanding between foreigns and chinese.

And the situation in Tibet is not exactly the image some western media describe.

Please don’t be so excited and do such silly thing before we know the truth."

Typical and stereotyped answer: only a Chinese can speak about Chinese matters and so forth. In China’s mind, it seems that only a murderer can judge upon a murder, then. And, if I may ask, where do you draw the line?

Moreover, the local media is entirely controlled by the government and rather than information you’d better talk about propaganda; all the materials related to the administration of the criminal justice, the pre-trial detention centres, the administrative detention, the legal safeguard of criminal suspects, the Police manuals etc are "neibu" i.e. "not accessible" or "forbidden" to the public at the very large.

Hence I now feel entitled to ask to any Chinese person: "How much do YOU actually know about your own country, before you attack any structured and circumstanciated criticism moved against your country by a foreigner?"

These Games are a shameful farce, where the athletes are being used by the IOC as standard-bearers to disguise the truth behind what is a commercial operation of biblical proportions.

There is nothing in China’s administration of justice and personal and collective freedoms that meets any of the so-called Olympic principles.

I hope the world at large will also see the IOC for what it really is: a totalitarian political corporation which goes against the very principles of the sport. J.Rogge is criminal in his biased and pathetic defence of this choice.

7.08.2008 - fairplaynow - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Good idea, and I fully support it. It is amazing to me how easily we (the world) are able to discard important principles and human rights for economic benefit.

FREE TIBET!

7.08.2008 - gossipgirl - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I really don’t care cause I’m not gonna be there. And in fact people should just shut the fuck up because no one cause about your freaking opinion.
7.08.2008 - Gorka - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I am very ashamed because the olympic games will take place in China this year. I am sure that the chine communist party has given lot of money to COI so that to be choosen. Chinese government do not stop lying and trying to impose there vision of life to the reality. This year I will not watch Olympic games, I will walk in the street with by black t-shirt of reports whithout borders and my t-shirt of FREE TIBET. I am informing to people what is China and how ashamed I am of there totalitary government. See you
7.08.2008 - James - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
China is making a mockery of Olympic ideals and principles. Jacques Rogge is the most spineless and pathetic leader the IOC has ever seen. Hopefully, history will record how he and the IOC failed to uphold the stated principles of the Olympic Games. It’s all about greed and glory.
6.08.2008 - Stephen Moyse - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I fully support a boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing. I also support an on-going boycott of all Olympic Games, given the propensity for drug use and the continuing misuse of public funds.

My personal boycott of Beijing will include turning off all television and radio broadcasts of Olympic events in my own home, and avoiding all Olympic stories in my daily newspaper.

This is The Joyless Olympics, and China is trying to get the world to dance to their tune. The NBC commentator was correct: the current Chinese administration is a collection of thugs and bullies who have not altered their behaviour in 60 years.

6.08.2008 - I’m a 60 year old Vet.; son of the American Revolution 2 times and sad at our loss of founding freedoms. - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I want to see it, but I know if I do, I’m supporting the establishment changed view that it doesn’t matter if China still abuses it’s own people and displaces/beat/imprisons them abusing their basic human rights.

As a Vietnam era vet, I can’t support NBC (owned by General Electric who makes huge Pentagon profits)in their decision to broadcast the Olympics to sell advertising to support the Corporatism of the US by holding my nose and watching knowing in some small way I’m supporting the dismantling of our American values and democracy by accepting another countries abuse of it’s own people.

6.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I’ve been to China, and Beijing in particular a few years ago, and while I had a fantastic time and met many wonderful people, it was clear that these people were not free. I will not be watching the Olympics, as I think the government of China has made many terrible mistakes in the last few years and shouldn’t be rewarded for their behavior. Plus the Olympics are boring, so I probably wouldn’t have watched them anyway.
6.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

The quandary is thus: Why punish the athletes for matters of state for which they have no influence or control? But on the other hand - why legitimize an oppressive regime and gloss over their atrocious human rights record by allowing them the right to host the Olympic Games?

In the grand scheme of things, the butchery of democracy and the perpetuation of communist dogma by force greatly outweighs how far some glandular case can throw a cannon ball. The Olympic Games of old were a great distraction and a way for countries to come together on the field of battle - honorably. But now there isn’t a sport in the program that isn’t either completely inconsequential or plagued by performance-enhancing drug abuse. The one saving grace about the obscurity of some of these "contests" where that they were so unimportant that even celebrities thought they could come in and compete because no one else wanted to: ala Geena Davis’ foray into archery. Now, apart from the "sexy" sports like Track and Field, gymnastics and swimming, who really gives a rats patoot?

Be that as it may, the true issue is the Chinese government. The amount of money it used to grease the palms of the IOC would surely have been well spent if they could have pulled off the Olympics as a PR coup. The scandal of the lead-based paint in our toys that caused massive recalls and lead to almost universal condemnation of the Made in China label had finally seemed to be subsiding. But sadly, no. The hardline, strong-armed thugs in charge couldn’t resist the urge to once again shoot themselves in the foot by kicking their prone and battered abducted stepchild, Tibet, in the teeth again while the world watched aghast. And for those who voiced a dissenting opinion on this miasma — Arrests for everyone! The glorious workers paradise who was just about to put it’s best foot forward has suddenly found that foot wedged up the proverbial Alpha Hotel of the Tibetan people. And as the world rages in protest and disgust, all the Chinese governmental talking heads can retort is how they condemn people with the courage and the freedom to protest their actions.

Yes, the athletes set to compete in the Olympics have sacrificed for years in order to compete in the Olympics. Of course the citizens of Tibet have sacrificed a bit more than sleep and nitrogen debt. But for those intent on traveling to Beijing, answer me this: Years from now, sitting on your couch with your grandchildren on your knee, would you rather brag about how you trounced Belarus for the bronze medal in ping pong or how you stood up to the Chinese and proclaimed that your beliefs were not for sale and that you would not be a party to the Chinese government’s asinine goodwill fiasco?

I suggest that every athlete who answers in the latter, regardless of nationality, be awarded an Olympic medal for boycotting the games.

As for the games themselves; I, for one, won’t be watching.

6.08.2008 - Luca Biason - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

The Olympics should have not been awarded to Beijing in the first place. Look into it, and you’ll see that the IOC is the least democratic of all organizations: it’s actually a corporate and clientelar dictatorship which has nothing to with sports.

It’s all a ridiculous farce and it will carry on like this as it has always done. Too much economic interest at stake.

6.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Do you really know something about China, her government and her people? I mean the RWB knows nothing. Maybe these people just want to be democrats, but they don’t know what is democracy. There is no absolute democracy. I know China is not doing well enough on democracy, but she is working hard on it. About the so-called oppression in Tibet, that is not oppression on people. It is oppression against rebels. You see houses they burn and people they harm even kill. They are just a little few Tibetans fermented and fooled by Dalai. Dalai is the leader of salve owners. He should not be given Nobel prize.
6.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Boycott is too little too late.

The best strategy for the visiting dignitaries and athletes would be to 1. Either wear orange prisoner suits or black suits with your olympic handcuff logo and participate in the opening ceremonies, athletic events and the closing ceremony. 2. Wave your olympic handcuff logo flags at every event 3. The whole audience at the opening and closing ceremonies show middle finger up for all the IOC leaders, Chinese dictators and visiting dignitaries for attending the Olympic ceremony

The TV cameras cannot miss any of the above. Not even the chinese media unless they decide to move their cameras to the sky which is anyway hazy.

5.08.2008 - Ken - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
What protest on 8 August? I would rather protest against you hypocrates (reporters without basis) by giving my full support for the Beijing games. We are going to have a great party at home with lots of food and wine to celebrate China’s growth and success> And may all the sportmen and women do well and enjoy their time in Beijing as they are the one who deserve all the support...definitely not the hypocrates who are out to spoil their dreams. While we watch the games opening ceremonies and thereafter the events coverage, I hope you jealous and hypocratic western media can reflect and remember how countries were colonised in the past by the west, how they humilated and mistreated other races as well as how national treasures were stolen then (many of these treasures are still in france and UK) etc. Maybe you guys could starts a campaign or do something to have these stolen national treasures return to the origin countries....but I suppose we can’t really expect western media hypocrates to do such things!!!!!
5.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
China is a opressive regime with little concern to fundamental human rights and freedoms. The idea behind the Olympics is to advance world peace and to create friendships with other nations. I do not see how hosting the Olympics in a nation which kills its own citizens does anything to advance this mission. The decision to host the Olympics in China this year was political, and politics and friendship often have little to do with each other. It is also upsetting that there were only one torch stop each in North America, South America and Africa. This is far greater then one half of the world, which was totally ignored by the Olympic planning comitees. This should be regarded as a direct slap to the face for each of these three continents. I say boycot the Olympics not just because of China, but because of the political minded Olympic Administration.
4.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
The boycott is stupid and disgusting, and the nice thing is that it will never work. Haha!
4.08.2008 - cherladu21 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
The olympic games are one of the most famous and historic events that occurs every four years. I think the call for a boycott could be so legitime however we know it’s a sport meeting. But we know that people as well as important and political figures from the five continents will be present. I deeply believe it’s a real opportunity to make one’s call, one’s voice, one’s opposition to be heared; despite the fact that the ones who’ll do it, would certainly be penalized....
4.08.2008 - cy_yc - why not do something much more valuable?

People outside China can hardly imagine how ethusiastic all the chinese people is about the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.They have changed a lot for such an event.Their effort worth respecting.It’s absolutely not a right thing to boycott the opening ceremony.

We can talk about human rights,try to make it better in China,but not in such a silly way.It woule be a shame on human history.Sports has nothing to do with politics.

YOU should also think about a question that how much do U know about China.They have their own point of view towards western value.There are too much misunderstanding between foreigns and chinese.

And the situation in Tibet is not exactly the image some western media describe.

Please don’t be so excited and do such silly thing before we know the truth.

3.08.2008 - Antonio - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I think is useless and only will close China more. RSF did a tremendous mistake with this campaign, atacking sports and Olympics, and for this reason I will never support RSF again.

I hope you respect freedom of speech and publish this oppinion.

3.08.2008 - Zhang Chi - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Thank to the RWB, I learnt the real media bias in western countries.

The boycott of China in the name of Olympic is a downright inanity! Not an educated person can establish the logic relationship between boycotting sport and calling for a political rearrangement. For god’s sake, stop smirching the spirit of Olympic, and stop using Olympic to intervene any other country.

This action, by contraries, shows the panic and helpless situation of some narrow minded people in the western world. Firstly, they cannot totally boycott China commercially because it is Chinese low-cost good that support their life style. Turing to use Olympic to show their dissatisfaction is the last resort they have. Moreover, anybody knowing little about the history of Olympic Game knows that it is stupid to organize such a political activity while the whole world join the party in the theme of peace and harmony. (We Chinese have learnt deep lessons of boycotting Olympic games from 1956 to 1980, and the one who is against the international Olympic spirit is doomed to fail.)

Open your eyes! The age of imperialism is gone and can never come back! In the background of globalization, only cooperation and solidarity can make a better future. If you call for a world of equality, then you must accept China as a member of the world. China is no longer a place of acquiring cheap raw material, and a place of dumping industrial products. The Chinese have their right to pursuit better life, and the responsibility to help others to ameliorate living condition. China welcomes everybody in the Olympic Games, no matter what opinion s/he holds. Those who doubt China should come for a visit, not just listening to the distorted media.

3.08.2008 - rp - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I don’t consciously buy Chinese products, and I’m determined not to watch neither the news nor any sporting events from Beijing. China is dead to me until they restore democracy and leave Tibet for good.
2.08.2008 - Hartlieb Wild - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

YES to a boycott of the official opening and closing ceremonies by all democratic officials, statemen and politicians.

NO to a boycott of the sportive events by the sportists.

to YES: This will show that the communist dictatorship has lost its face - something all chinese people fear like nothing else.

to NO: This might give a chance for inofficial contacts and other "subversive" developemnts ...

to YES: It’s a dream, for I estimate most of these polit guys are SHAMMERS who talk about their "concern" on SUndays and then quickly creep into all (sorry:) ass holes of the dictators for Dollar’s / Euro’s Sake ;-((( As they did 1936 in Nazi-Berlin and 1980 in communist Moscow!

Shame on them for ever!

2.08.2008 - giorg - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I think for the boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony has to be focused two sides: the Chinese government and the Chinese people.

The Chinese government is the side which is oppressing the free speech and free meaning, from this side the boycott is justified.

On the other hand, I think, this Olympic Games also have a very important meaning for the Chinese population. It is one of the first worldwide events in China and so the Chinese people identifies themselves as a member of the worldwide community trough this event. So the boycott would frustrate them and maybe they would not feel welcomed in the global society.

I think it is not an easy decision. In my meaning the boycott must clear focus on special points e.g. the oppressing of free speech and it must be readily identifiable for the population that it is not meant against their ambitions to be a member of the global community.

2.08.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I hate "tree huggers" and "liberal wackos" but this is one thing I can agree on with them. I am a conservative (I think gays should shut and get back in the closet, people who kill someone should be hanged ASAP, no need to waste money on a bullet, and yes, EVERYONE should own a hand gun for personal protection) but detest the appeasement of China just because they are an enormous "market." Justifying turning a blind eye to their government because of the economic impact makes us no better than them.
2.08.2008 - Zhang Chi - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Thank for the Reporters without Borders, I learn the real media bias in western countries. The boycott of China in the name of Olympic is a downright inanity! Not an educated person can establish the logic relationship between boycotting sport and calling for a political rearrangement. For god’s sake, stop smirching the spirit of Olympic, and stop using Olympic to intervene any other country.

This action, by contraries, shows the panic and helpless situation of some narrow minded people in the western world. Firstly, they cannot totally boycott China commercially because it is Chinese low-cost good that support their life style. Turing to use Olympic to show their dissatisfaction is the last resort they have. Moreover, anybody knowing little about the history of Olympic Game knows that it is stupid to organize such a political activity while the whole world join the party in the theme of peace and harmony. (We Chinese have learnt deep lessons of boycotting Olympic games from 1956 to 1980, and the one who is against the international Olympic spirit is doomed to fail.)

Open your eyes! The age of imperialism is gone and can never come back! In the background of globalization, only cooperation and solidarity can make a better future. If you call for a world of equality, then you must accept China as a member of the world. China is no longer a place of acquiring cheap raw material, and a place of dumping industrial products. The Chinese have their right to pursuit better life, and the responsibility to help others to ameliorate living condition. China welcomes everybody in the Olympic Games, no matter what opinion s/he holds. Those who doubt China should come for a visit, not just listening to the distorted media.

2.08.2008 - Zhang Chi - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Thank for the Reporters without Borders, I learn the real media bias in western countries. The boycott of China in the name of Olympic is a downright inanity! Not an educated person can establish the logic relationship between boycotting sport and calling for a political rearrangement. For god’s sake, stop smirching the spirit of Olympic, and stop using Olympic to intervene any other country. This action, by contraries, shows the panic and helpless situation of some narrow minded people in the western world. Firstly, they cannot totally boycott China commercially because it is Chinese low-cost good that support their life style. Turing to use Olympic to show their dissatisfaction is the last resort they have. Moreover, anybody knowing little about the history of Olympic Game knows that it is stupid to organize such a political activity while the whole world join the party in the theme of peace and harmony. (We Chinese have learnt deep lessons of boycotting Olympic games from 1956 to 1980, and the one who is against the international Olympic spirit is doomed to fail.) Open your eyes! The age of imperialism is gone and can never come back! In the background of globalization, only cooperation and solidarity can make a better future. If you call for a world of equality, then you must accept China as a member of the world. China is no longer a place of acquiring cheap raw material, and a place of dumping industrial products. The Chinese have their right to pursuit better life, and the responsibility to help others to ameliorate living condition. China welcomes everybody in the Olympic Games, no matter what opinion s/he holds. Those who doubt China should come for a visit, not just listening to the distorted media.
1.08.2008 - no - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Can you? Can you even get a ticket?

You bark for founding.

31.07.2008 - Rhonda - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Don’t boycott anything... get in with the people of china all you can.. bring information with you.. distribute it... be careful though or the chicoms will get you... man I would have a hay day with the chinese gov... f them from the inside
31.07.2008 - SomeOhioan - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I think that this Olympics is more of a sham than any I have seen in my 37 years. China should never have been given the games to begin with.

I think that a boycott of the entire games is in order. Here in the midwest we pride ourselves on our sensible nature. China and the IOC don’t pass the smell test period.

The games have been a political farce since their inception. It is time to end it.

31.07.2008 - babbo55 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Why on earth should the boycott be limited only to the opening ceremony?

All this talk about athletes having the right to dispute "their" games. Why? Are they some kind of moral or ethical exceptions? Are they incapable to think on their own or to shape their own opinions? Why shouldn’t they be asked about their standpoints and the moral motivation behind their personal choices? Probably nobody want that to happen anyway, since the economical and national(-istic) interests at stake are too high. A pity, since we are all forced to take hard and sometimes painful decisions influencing our personal fates in some way or another but who cares about the alone standing mother who has to feed and educate her children. Jesse Owens victories at the famous Berlin Olympics did not impede the IIWW to take place!!!

Only one thing is certain. We are all spectators. Why don’t we just turn off the TV-sets? Of course, the spectator quotes are going to be manipulated (not only by the Chinese) but at least we will not have to feel ashamed of supporting a bloodthirsty dictatorship nor will we get bombarded by the publicity of greedy electronics firms and watch companies for that matter (remember, a very famous Swiss watch maker was the official time taker at the Berlin Olympics).

That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

31.07.2008 - veronik - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
FOR A FREE TIBET !
31.07.2008 - veronik - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
VERYGOODFORAFREETIBETTHAK’SALOT!
31.07.2008 - veronik - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
VERY GOOD FOR A FREE TIBET .... THANK’S !
31.07.2008 - veronik - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
very good for human right and Tibetans , i hope many people understand this boycoot .......FOR A FREE TIBET........
31.07.2008 - My boycott of the Olympics, NBC and it’s advertisers!

I just read that the IOC has agreed to the censorship of the internet and news coming out of China during the Olympics. For this reason I will not watch any part of the games be it live or taped. I will not watch NBC at all during the games. Furthermore, I will not solicit any advertisers during the games.

This is my response to the Chinese government and the IOC who think they can pull the wool over the eyes of FREE people. Seven years ago we were promised that by offering the Olympics to China they would be forced to change. Well, it’s the IOC which has changed and I am sick of it.

I encourage everyone who reads this post to do the same.

Matt McDevitt Annandale, NJ USA

31.07.2008 - Asia Traveler (China too) - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Boycott of IOC event is too harsh; athletes deserve their chance to display human miracles; nevertheless, it is an excellent chance to see first hand how 3rd world China is, from their toxic smog, asbestos filled concrete jungles, money grabbing merchants withthe world’s worst human manner (even my dog as better manners) to unimpressive Great Wall (Not!).

China, the world is too smart to fall for your 20th century showmanship.

To all visitors: be careful of what you eat, as they may be cooked in lead filled pots & pans.

31.07.2008 - Zhang (US) - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I think boycotting the Olympics is absolutely ridiculous, and most of the people who are supporting this boycott don’t even know what they’re talking about. All of you just soak up all the distorted and biased information that the US or other European news stations feed to you. You take in this information without even thinking or considering the actual conditions in China today. True, China’s government and the way they run their country is different from that of the United States: the ultimate free and just country, right? True, China limits some human rights of the people there as they do not get to control the size of their families, etc. But, let me ask you, with a country filled with over one billion people and not any more land than the US, how else do u expect to control population? How do you suppose China run their country without total chaos without imposing the regulations that they have? How do you control so many people who are even too reluctant to comply with Daily Savings Time without laying down rules and enforcing them?

As for the controversy about Tibet, none of you know what you’re talking about. For Americans to support Free Tibet is an ultimate act of hypocrisy. Sure, all of you are keen on the idea of freeing Tibet, a "foreign soil", from the oppression or whatever of the Chinese government. First of all, Tibet is every bit apart of China as Beijing or Sichuan is. And let me ask you this, what would Tibet be without China? Without the funding that China has spent towards building schools, hospitals, railroads, etc. in Tibet, it would be nothing. Independently, they couldn’t nearly as function and sustain themselves as well as they could with the support and funding of China. In addition, how would the United States feel if others around the world started a campaign for Free Alaska or Free Texas? Of course, the United States would consider this outrageous and completely ridiculous. It’s okay to do this towards China, but not if it was done to them. The only reason the US keeps proposing and supporting various parts of China (Taiwan and Tibet) break away from China is because they are Communist and a threat to the US. First of all, China isn’t even that Communist anymore. The way that China runs the country now may not please everyone, but it works. ANd with that many people in the country plus other millions of critical foreigners around the world, not everyone is going to be pleased, ever.

Finally, the Olympics are not about this political and economical controversy. The Olympics are about the love of competition and sports and pride for your country. Boycotting the Beijing Olympics will only cast a negative light and attitude towards the event. YOu are not helping by boycotting. THe Chinese government will most likely not care about boycotts, therefore you are only hurting this legacy. So please people, get more informed before you argue about this.

31.07.2008 - candre - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I will be boycotting not only the opening ceremony but the whole games. Although I am a big fan of many of the Olympic sports I won’t watch the Beijing games because of

. China’s terrible human rights record and other maltreatment of many of its own people

. China’s support of rogue regimes such as Sudan and Zimbabwe

31.07.2008 - china cheats - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I will not watch or support anything to do with this years olympics. It is very sad for all of the athletes that have worked most of their life training for their opportunity only to have to go to China to compete. Clearly China will cheat, lie, control, and manipulate the 2008 Olympic Games. China has already broken their agreement with the IOC and the rest of the world. The only way the 2008 Olympic Games would be successful is if every athlete lined up at their event like they were going to compete, but never start their event. This would be the perfect protest and a clear message to China that the rest of the World will not be Manipulated by their illegal activities. China is using the Olympics to further their illegal activities and human rights violations on there citizens. What shame that we have given them this opportunity and are not brave enough to take it away.

PS the world invaded Iraq the Americans were the only ones tough enough to stay the course and try and weed out the crazy fanatical religious groups that are trying to repress their own - a lot like China is doing to their own. Maybe they like living like rats in a maze.

30.07.2008 - Hilary - Utah - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Completely agree with a boycott. The IOC should even cancel the games in light of recent news about China’s tactics taking away basic human liberties. I, for one, will boycott by not watching the coverage.
30.07.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

The only way to get the attention of the IOC and point out their mistake at awarding the Olympics to China is through their revenues. And, the best way for ordinary people to affect the revenues is to not watch the Olympics on their local TV Olympics broadcaster. A strong message will be sent if large numbers of people boycott the TV broadcast of the opening ceremonies. If viewership numbers are way down, advertisers will know they have wasted their money, TV networks will feel the unhappiness and they will bring the matter to the IOC particularly when they negotiate future broadcast rights.

But this will only be effective if large numbers of TV viewers across the world boycott the opening ceremonies broadcast.

30.07.2008 - Sam Hayes - How is this even possible??
I don’t understand this at all. How is it even possible that Beijing was nominated as an Olympic location? The Human Rights record of this country is shameless. Where are our leaders in the U.S.? Why aren’t they personally boycotting the Olympic Games. If neither McCain nor Obama stands up on this issue, then it’s clear that we no longer have anyone capable of leading this country. It’s a foregone conclusion that Bush could care less about Human Rights. And where is the U.N.?? Talk about a useless, powerless, impotent agency!
29.07.2008 - Stimg - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony is going to happen anyway. I would ask about the multinational companies like Coca Cola,Kodak, Adidas,McDonalds and so on Where are those companies responses for human rights? It’s funny in this world that we all use these companies products and never wonder what their attidude for human rights are.If I want to make my point, I don’t use these companies that supports Peijing Games.

At the end, money rules the world.

26.07.2008 - Repentinus - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Boycott the Olympics. Entertainment can’t and must not be more important than human rights and about 1/6th of World’s population.
25.07.2008 - Linus Eriksson - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
It is a thing that every nation should do. A game such as the Olympic Games has nothing to do in a place like China!
25.07.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Rather than a boycott put efforts into protesting (peacefully) and making everyone aware of the situation.
23.07.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

More democracy for China: good intentions,

Torch robbing from handicaped girl athelete: bad strategy.

Boycott Beijing: failed attempt


Why Nobody’s Boycotting Beijing - TIME http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1823561,00.html

23.07.2008 - tibet - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
absolutely in favor of a boycott!! best regards from europe.
22.07.2008 - Stephen Moyse - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

The entire Olympic machine is corrupt.

Stop the games altogether. We’ve perverted the original intent. The athletes are fooling themselves if they think they’re making a mark on human history.

The games were political from the start. A boycott is justified.

22.07.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
good idea!
20.07.2008 - facultatif - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
apres l’appel au boycott de la ceremonie d’ouverture, il serait souhaitable de passer a la suite : le boycott des emissions TV et donc des sponsors de ces jeux de l’hypocrisie.
19.07.2008 - alba1314, UK. - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

19/07/2008.

China has THE most horrific Human Rights record in the civilised World and yet, is one of the foremost advanced market retailer in so much technology and so many goods. But where is the justification of a Free Trade Policy with the Western World when it cannot resolve internal politics and policies in a democratic way, without the oppression of its people and population?!

The Old Communist era is dead and yet China still instists on State politics of a select few who have not been democratically elected to dictate the size of families, the economy and International relationships without the backing of its own Citizens. Mao is dead and long gone, but still China clings to Draconian laws and barbarity to "control" life for everyone - from the poor to the rich. Barbarity that includes torture and oppression and occupation of foreign soil (i.e. Tibet) to rape that soil of all that is precious - be it wealth or land, resources or freedom against the will of the people - and all of this under the guise of ’legalised’ torture and invasion.

For this reason, the Olympic Games in Beijing should be boycotted by all of the Olympic competing Nations of the World, and in particular, the entire Western World. International medicinal and financial, as well as food supplies’ sanctions should be drawn up immediately, instigated and carried out against the Chinese "government"/regime to force it/them to realise that brutality and injustice cannot and will not be tolerated in a civilised World. Only then will China show true character and place its people and their needs and the needs of their occupied ’territories’ be given a fair chance at democracy and a peaceful existence.

Sadly, this is the only correct way in which the Chinese "government"/regime can be brought to justice and its people and occupied ’territories’ can be freed from oppression, torture and starvation, while the ruling party get fatter and richer by the hour.

18.07.2008 - Lindzus - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
The call to boycott the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony is reasonable and justified, and should continue. With only a few weeks to go before the Games, China’s repression of its citizens is worse than ever. Far from encouraging China to open up its society and improve human rights, the games have only been pressed into service to legitimize the repression of the Chinese people and to glorify the party that claims to speak for all Chinese people and maintains its position through violence, illegal detention and judicial murder. Thankyou, Reporters Without Borders for taking your principled stand and for giving a voice to those who are silenced.I live in Hong Kong, where the promise of "One Country Two Systems" and "No change for 50 years" was dead after less than 5 years. But we are infinitely better off here than those in China who must live every day under a Government of Lies.
16.07.2008 - bertrand - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?


-  ignorer le contexte et le positionnement dans l’histoire n’est pas une solution
-  humiler des gens ou des pays n’engendre que la haine
-  appliquer des sanctions aux autres qu’on ne s’applique pas soit-mÍme est indigne!

...donc ce sera contre-productif et l’effet se verra aprŤs !

15.07.2008 - fred - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
it is the right thing to do
14.07.2008 - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Its the absolutely least we cna do!
12.07.2008 - C.J - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Tibet is a part of China. And Dalai Lama is a leader of terrorist group. Is is incorrect to counter terrorist?
11.07.2008 - Lawrence MacLeod - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Boycotting the Olympics only hurts the people participating. The Chinese govt doesn’t care. If nations use the Olympics to apply political pressure, only the people suffer, the games suffer, and it will ultimately lead to the demise of the Olympic spirit which supports friendly competition regardless of a country’s political views. Boycotting the opening ceremony only makes the news network in your own country lose more money. The Chinese government will feel nothing at all if everyone boycotts. They care only for money and power... just like every other government in the world. As far as "no olympics without democracy" goes, you might as well Boycott the 2012 London Olympics because membership of the House of Lords does not change due to dissolution (they get a life term) - or boycott the next USA Olympics because there are too many uninformed voters in US elections to come to any useful conclusion, or maybe we should boycott the next France Olympics because the rest of the world thinks all Frenchmen are rude. (Not me, I have met some very nice and honourable French lads!)
8.07.2008 - Rolando - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
A boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, is not enough. This happened before and it was the USSR, before it fell as a country that did it. The US should do the same, they should boycott the olympics, not televise the games and this time not be so greedy, as NBC seems to be, by the way they plug the games every hour.
8.07.2008 - facultatif - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
je pense que le boycott de la c√©r√©monie d’ouverture des jeux √©tait une bonne id√©e √† maintenant transformer. les politiques ne boycotteront pas, les m√©dias encore moins. il ne nous reste par contre la libert√© de se retrouver dans des manifestations festives pendant le d√©roulement des spots publicitaires o√Ļ l’on vouvra nous attirer par les jeux. les jeux sont devenus une affaire commerciale b√©tonn√©e par une multitude r√©gles juridiques pour garantir les gains par des exlusivit√©s. soyons ailleurs et faisons le savoir pour que les pertes soient bien mesur√©es.
7.07.2008 - Lars - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I agree with the sentiment of not supporting tyranny. I would suggest though that the tagline "the world’s biggest prison for journalists and cyber-dissidents" is a bit narrow. It’s natural for reporters to be concerned about journalists. But if you’re calling for a boycott by the general public, let’s include other suffering people. One big group is Christians (house churches)... see http://www.persecution.org/suffering/html/Docs/ICCHallofShame2008.pdf
5.07.2008 - lorenza - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Forced evictions - one of the worst cases of human rights abuses - to pave the way for luxury appartments for the olympics... and the victims are thrown into jail if they object to this treatment. I strongly agree that it should be boycotted
5.07.2008 - francis - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
Excellent idea. China is an appalling human rights violator - not least the rights of those who’ve been forcibly removed from their homes to make way for the olympics. BOYCOTT IT!!
27.06.2008 - Gerber - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I think it is important to show the Chinese administration that the free world is very concerned about the lack of human rights in China, among the freedom of expression and search for information. Now it turns out that the Chinese administration does not fullfill her promises to improve the human rights as she did in order to obtain the Olympic Games, it is even more important to show your concerns.

I also included this banner on the website of an Open Source Software project I am working on as OSS is a direct result of the right on freedom of expression. The Chinese administration and her bodies do not deserve the rights to make profit of my software and so, I hope, it will be blocked for being obtained from chinese servers and computers.

27.06.2008 - chen - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
There is a question: for those people who are blaming chinese human rights, have you ever been to china to see the truth, or just heard it from some distorted medias? I was thinking that most Europe people are very kind and have their own thoughts. Now I think I’m wrong. Those who are brainwashed by the media are not chinese people but those who just believe the crap things here. Do you know how many schools and hospitals the chinese government built in tibet? Do yo know how much money spent for the railway in tibet? Hundreds of years before chinese people were too self-confidence and never wanna find out the truth outside. Now we are all abroad to see the western countries. But some western people still don’t want to know the how China is now. There is a suggestion that those who are blaming china now you are welcome to come to china to see the truth.
27.06.2008 - Andrew - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
I think the call to boycott the Games if China is plain stupid. Of course, the chains on freedom of expression must fall and we should always voice the opposition regarding the methods the govt of Beijing applies against dissenting opinions but I will also not stand to see a sporting event harmed on political and social grounds. In all the civilized world people are calling for politics not to be mixed with sports, religion not to be mixed with politics ... and so on and a boycott against the opening ceremony violates this separation and independence of the areas of our lives and if you want to prove you are better that those you protest against, then you must be careful not to use the same methods they use or people might start confusing you for them.
25.06.2008 - sambam - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Perhaps all should go dressed in black ( mourning for democracy) and refuse to applaud or to stand for any anthem ?

Perhaps athletes should compete but the winners should refuse to accept their medals.

Perhaps the International Olympic Committe should never again be allowed to award the Olympics to any country that still has the death penalty.

23.06.2008 - Viking - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
The best way to force China to change is to stop buying their cheap stuff made by underpaid workers. Only that can wake up chinese people, and without them change is not possible.
22.06.2008 - Eymeric - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

I do support the boycott. I agree that the olympics are supposed to be for sports and not politics, but an event like this is a perfect opportunity for the rest of the world to show China that it doesn’t approve of how they are evolving as a society. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made to prove a point, and the Chinese government needs a wake up call to let them know that we’re watching, and that we won’t just stand by and watch other humans be trampled on.

So you want to leave politics out of it, unfortunately politics is a part of everything, so trying to avoid it in this kind of a situation is irresponsible. There is an opportunity for positive change, why would you sacrifice that. The olympics are one very rare time where there is global unification, where all countries really come together, we must take this opportunity to expose China.

To Marcel, just because it was worse 50 years ago doesn’t mean it’s up to par now. And yes, many other places in the world are suffering, but right now we have the opportunity to shine the light on one of these sufferings, so work with it, don’t expect to solve the worlds problems all at once, it’s in times like these that we expose corruption, one day at a time, one problem at a time. Just because it’s worse elsewhere in the world doesn’t mean we should ignore this problem. We all know there are other countries that are far worse off than China and receive less attention, but we are hear now, and this problem is right in front of us, so lets just give it a shot.

5.06.2008 - Marcel (Holland) - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Have you compared today’s Tibet with what it was in 1950? Have you seen the slave girls in Tibet whose legs were cut off so that their masters can use them to make horns? Do you have any idea how much the media distorted the facts about the so called "Tibet repression"?

On similar note, do you have any idea how many innocent Iraqi civilians have died due to US invasion? Do you also support free Hawaii? And don’t even get me started on the human rights of the native Americans.

4.06.2008 - JG (Portugal) - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
It’s a huge hypocrisy to ignore China’s blatant disrespect for human rights just to favor commerce and, in this case, the Olympics. The argument that "it will put China under the spotlight" is pretty weak, we’ve seen that a spotlight is not needed to uncover China’s child labor, environmental destruction, social inequality and zero freedom of speech.
4.06.2008 - Roy - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
dump it, step up for the human rights
2.06.2008 - Branimir - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?
It’s unbelievable how conservative and evil can be a country that is under the Communists regime in 2008. They shouldn’t have been granted the honor to host the games. The bad thing is that I do not think that our voices will be heard. Because no one is trying to stop them really hard...But still we can pray and keep on trying!
29.05.2008 - Marinelle van Dongen (Netherlands) - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

As a supporter of Tibet, I feel sad seeing a party being held at one side of the country, while at the other side there is a war going on.

Also, when seeing many being imprisoned without reason, and a lot of people suffering because of the Chinese regime, doesn’t call for festivities either.

At the other hand, all the athletes trained for so many years to be able to participate in an event like this. Probably a once in a lifetime chance. And taking the opening ceremony away from them is not fair either. They can’t help it that China has been chosen to be the host.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama made it clear that he wants the event to proceed as being planned. Sports and politics are different things. On the other hand, the games can open the eyes of the politicians. Let’s pray for that to happen.

26.05.2008 - Friend of Chinese People - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

Instead of wasting time & energy on something never happens, pls find out:

*Why the newer school buildings [all of them] collapsed worse than the much older private structures in China quake zone? Kickbacks again?!

*Why most of PRC govt. officials’ kids studying abroad full-time & no jobs drive the most expensive European cars to schools?

Where the money came from?

*Can PRC really be a first class nation on earth again someday soon if the common practice of taking kickbacks/bribery by govt. officials go on as usual?

This at least you may help those helpless human beings over there though they might be well brainwashed already.

16.05.2008 - By All Means - What do you think of the call for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony?

By all means

Ever since the cyclone on May 3 and 4 devastated Burma, I have been waiting. I have been waiting for massive demonstrations and protests all around the world against the military government of Burma. I have been waiting for Reporters Without Borders to start a movement to boycott something. May be not to supply military uniforms to Burma. How about boycott watching “Bridge on the River Kwai”?

Why am I waiting? Well, if 100 people died in a riot in Tibet can cause such worldwide commotion, then 100,000 plus deaths and millions plunged into untold sufferings, due to a government’s deliberate actions of negligence and refusal of foreign aid should no doubt result in many times a spectacle. So while I am waiting I did a bit of searching. Wow. I found one article in the RSF web site headlined: “Military government urged to issue press visas to foreign media”, and to “call on the Burmese government to grant visas to foreign journalists who want to go and cover the aftermath of the cyclone, blah, blah, blah ------“. That’s all? No demonstrations outside embassies. No flag burning. No boycott.

When God handed out brain cells I was a little late getting there, coming out of the toilet. But I think I got just enough to understand why Tibetan exiles want to return to an independent Tibet, their land holdings and slaves. Wouldn’t you? I also understand why the Dalai Lama took off the minute the People’s Liberation Army come marching in. He is not stupid, you know. He knows about Nelson Mandela who wouldn’t leave and got locked up for 26 years. He knows about Martin Luther King Junior who wouldn’t leave the U.S. to go back to Africa and got shot dead. And the CIA U.S. greenbacks, even at today’s value, can still buy a lot of rupees. Of course I understand why Western Christians can turn believers in his Holiness, a reincarnated living Buddha, even though Buddhism originated from India, spread to China, then imported to Tibet. How could they resist listening to “Peace, Love, and Compassion” a few million times (and nothing else) without totally moved to tears, from a Nobel Laureate? That puts him all the way to the top of the “Must be saved” chart, even ahead of the cute little baby harp seals in the Atlantic Seal Hunt.

What I don’t understand is why it is more important than what is happening in Burma and elsewhere. May be because there is no oil in Burma. May be because there is no Olympic event to be held there. Or may be the Burmese generals never did promise not to reduce their population by a few hundred thousand. I don’t know. But if the Reporters Without Borders and all these foreign Tibet supporters say we should boycott the Olympic Ceremonies, or even the whole darn thing, that is good enough for me. After all, they were out there in the front of the line and collected an over supply of logic brain cells.

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