LAUSANNE, Switzerland: A handful of Tibetan activists held a mock funeral for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in front of its headquarters on Friday (November 26th) to protest next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics in China.
The protesters held a mock black coffin with the Olympic rings and the dates 1894 – the founding year of the IOC – and 2021, and unfolded Tibetan flags and a banner that read “Boycott Beijing 2022”.
“IOC you are dead to us today because you have repeatedly done, “said Chemi Lhamo, a Tibetan-Canadian activist who was arrested in October for disrupting the Beijing 2022 torchlight ceremony in Olympia, Greece.
” The Tibetans have asked you to correct your actions and yet you have not changed. From now on we will not do anything to you any more to call for a boycott. “
The IOC has long been criticized by human rights groups for awarding the Games to Beijing – the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games – for China’s treatment of Tibet, Uighur Muslims and Hong Kong.
The IOC has said it is a force for good and cannot influence sovereign states.
US President Joe Biden said earlier this month that his country was considering a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics Games.
The Chinese authorities are accused of having made forced labor possible by detaining around a million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in camps since 2016.
Regarding Tibet, which has ruled it since 1951 after China has invaded its People’s Liberation Army and taken control in what is known as a “peaceful liberation,” says China that its rule has given a poor and backward region the much-needed technology Development brought about.
During the protest on Friday, pieces of paper with words such as “athletes”, “security”, “friendship” and “Peng Shuai’s security” – alluding to the Chinese tennis player, whose stay for almost three weeks were an international occasion of concern – put in the coffin.
Peng posted a message on social media alleging that a former senior Chinese government official had sexually assaulted her before she disappeared.
She popped in over the weekend Beijing resumed and also made a video call with the IOC, but the Women’s Tennis Association said they still have concerns about their wellbeing.
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