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Thousands of demonstrators protest against China’s human rights record

Original post made by julie, Midtown, on Apr 11, 2008



Olympic Torch Relay Detoured Through San Francisco Back Streets," screamed the headlines. "Protest Forces Cancellation of Closing Ceremony."

That's the basic gist of what happened in San Francisco on April 9. All very neat and tidy, it would seem. Most people scanned the headlines and moved on.

If you took the time to read the full news accounts, you would have also learned that tens of thousands of demonstrators from around the country had gathered in San Francisco to protest against China's human rights record.

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Posted by k
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Brilliant. Should be made into a book.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Read "Gone With the Wind" to see how the US treated territory that tried to secede. While I harbor some residual resentment against Red China for trying to kill me, I compare civil rights in Red China with those of the South-East Asian governments than US and European liberals helped install and they ain't so bad. The US now has more in common with Asia than with Europe and Africa, and less to fear from them.


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Posted by Jay
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Yay. They had a protest in San Francisco. I'm sure China is shaking in their boots. All the athletes who trained for years to compete in the Olympics had no control over where the event is held! Hey, I'm no fan of the way China treats people, but ultimately money talks. How about organizing a boycott of all Chinese products? Good luck! You probably wouldn't have markers to write on posterboard to publicize the boycott! I have kids, and everything they touch comes from China. I'm sure its all full of lead.
My point is that this protest really just impacted the wrong people - the athletes and people honored by carrying the olympic torch, not China, who it should have impacted.


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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2008 at 6:25 pm



Actually Trader Joes will not sell food from China, simply because it is not safe. The aim of the protests in not to hurt the athletes, no one is calling for a boycott of the games just the opening ceremony.

The fact is that China is using the event as a big PR opportunity, rebutting their claims non violently is legitimate IMHO





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Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

We don't like China, but we are quick to take free trips and grant money for our public and private educational institutions.
Stanford is rolling in Chinese money.
The Chinese government was able to influence the head of the College Board and his wife. Through the college board, China has made changes in our college entrance exams requirements.

China is a pro at influencing and embedding themselves in other governments using insidious tactics.

I think our mayor should cancel his planned trip to China to send a strong message.




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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Yes, and cancel MI while we are at it. That'll show 'em.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2008 at 7:38 am

I felt very sorry for all the ethnic Chinese who live in California who took the time to ride buses so they could see the torch run along the Embarcadero, they got slighted.

I have sympathy for Tibetans whose country has been annexed by China. I don't have any sympathy for protesters who attack buses and break windows because the bus may, but did not have, the Olympic torch in it. The Dalai Lama stressed over and over again he wanted peaceful demonstrations.

Ironically, the world is very aware of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. We did not need to see these out of control, angry protesters who claim to behave like that to draw attention to freeing Tibet. They lost credibility for their cause.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 12, 2008 at 12:56 pm

"no one is calling for a boycott of the games just the opening ceremony"

Not yet, perhaps, but don't be surprised, if this thing keeps rolling.

China will not let go of Tibet, becasue it was, and is, part of the socialist nationalism that has controlled China since 1949. It was won at the point of a gun, just like Mao always did things. What's new? Blocking the Olympics will only harden the stance of China. The Big Guy (like many 800 lb. gorillas) won this one. Score one for Mao and Bruce Franklin.

Then let the Games begin...and end. Then move on. The real issue is socialism vs. freedom. Mao and Bruce will lose that one!


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Posted by dave
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 13, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Walter. How can you compare China's civil rights with those of the United States? In China some of the remarks you make in these blogs might cause you to wind up in jail. China is a long way from having the individual freedoms we have.

Sure we had a civil war in the US more than 150 years ago, but many people are working hard to overcome past injustices. Let's work to maintain and increase our civil rights.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 14, 2008 at 5:09 am

My reference was specific to the question of secession. Even there, the continued effective independence of Taiwan, Quemoi and Matsu argues that even Red China is not immune to international pressure that is backed up by the 7th fleet.


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