We should Boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympic! sign now

DEMOCRACY FOR BURMA (D4B) NETWORK

Dear Friends,

We should Boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympic!

The original purpose of the Olympic Games, both ancient and modern, is to foster the ideal of, A sound mind in a sound body, and to promote friendship among the nations. The Official Olympic Anthem runs Immortal spirit of Antiquity, Father of the Beautiful and Good. How can these ideals be applied to Beijing, when it is the very heart of all the evil and President Hu Jintao ranks as the most ruthless human rights violator of the world? People have to consider the consequences of the government already a totalitarian and dictatorial against its own people and other nations particularly our country Burma and Sudan.

China is supporting Burma with its economic and geopolitical interests in the country: oil and gas reserves, mineral deposits, and arms sales. China had sold jet fighters, frigates and other heavy military equipment for the Burmese military Junta to crack down on the ethno democratic force and together with Russia is also the first nation to veto the Burmese problem from discussing at the UN Security Council effectively stuffing out the ethno democratic aspirations of the Burmese people.

While the Chinese government is thrilled about the prospect of hosting the Olympics, human rights activists, Burmese people, and governments plan to make it clear to China that its policies on Burma are not a game.

An international outcry over Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games has grown steadily louder. How can the premier event in international sports be hosted by a nation complicit in the most heinous international crimes? The Chinese regime is guilty of perpetrating the ongoing destruction of Tibet, supporting the vicious Burmese Junta, engaging in gross domestic human rights abuses, and, perhaps worst of all, facilitating genocide in Darfur and Burma? Beijing's currently enabling attitudes is a real threat that "their" Olympics will be redefined, made the occasion of an unprecedented shaming campaign. Much more potent than a simple boycott--which does more to punish athletes and the entire international sports community--such a campaign, broadly supported, will create precisely the powerful forum for outrage that Beijing works so hard to suppress domestically. But, if the world pretends that the 2008 Games occur in a moral and political vacuum and yet if Darfur and Burma's agony continues, these Games will inevitably be remembered as the Genocide Olympic.

Hence we the undersigned protest the Chinese and shame them in the international eyes, proving beyond doubt that the international community should boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympic game.

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