Free Tibet

None of us are free until ALL of us are free.

The human rights situation in Tibet is horrendous.  The human rights situation in China is not much better.  

The Olympics are not supposed to be about politics, but they are.  The USA boycott in 1980?  Politics.  The USSR boycott in 1984?  Politics.  Tommy Smith and John Carlos recently won an ESPY for their Black Power salute in Mexico City in 1968.  Joey Cheek, the speed skater who donated his winnings from Turin to the crisis in Darfur, had his visa revoked by the Chinese.  Yeah, more politics.

As we watch the canned NBC coverage of the Opening Ceremonies tonight (don’t get me started on that rant), and cast on for our various Ravelympic Projects, think of those in Tibet living under virtual martial law since March of this year.  Think of the broken promises made by the Chinese government about the ‘openness’ of these Olympic Games.  For all the dismal details on the Tibet issue, check out the International Campaign for Tibet.

Pippi has a dream to see this message on 40 blogs today.  On such an auspicious day for the Chinese, 08/08/08, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get it on 80 blogs?  (Wouldn’t that just irk them?  I wonder if our blogs will then be blocked by the Great Internet Firewall.)  Those who post have chance to win a skein of her gorgeous Free Tibet colorway.  For details see PoMo Golightly’s post.

ETA:  boston.com has a slideshow of Tibet protests from around the world

 

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~ by Kat on August 8, 2008.

3 Responses to “Free Tibet”

  1. Thanks for joining us! 80 would be amazing!!

  2. Thanks for reminding me of how politically charged the Olympics have been and continue to be.

  3. I’m not watching the opening ceremonies tonight, for this very reason. I’ll gladly support the athletes, but I can’t bring myself to watch the canned ceremonies. I keep remembering the promises made when they won the hosting of the games, and I remember saying to my DH at the time that it wouldn’t happen. I’m so sorry I was right.

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