Wednesday, December 7, 2022

2 Americans Arrested for Protesting China Olympics

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( – The US Constitution protects citizens’ rights to protest within the country. Those rights don’t extend outside the United States, which two American women recently learned the hard way. 

According to Students for a Free Tibet, 18-year-old Tsela Zoksang and 22-year-old Joey Siu participated in the “No Beijing 2022” protest. Zoksang, a Tibet student, and Siu, an exiled Hong Kong activist, went to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The pair and another person entered the site as paying customers. 

Zoksang and Siu climbed scaffolding and attempted to hang a banner, but security stopped them. Instead, the pair unfurled a smaller banner that stated, “Free Hong Kong Revolution” as well as a Tibetan flag, while chanting, “No freedom, no games,” “Free Tibet,” and “Boycott Beijing 2022.” 

Hong Kong and Tibetan activists believe the incident, which only lasted about 10 minutes, began with China’s repeated human rights violations. The protestors call upon the world to boycott the upcoming games in solidarity with their cause. US officials are currently sanctioning China for its continuation of human rights violations, particularly in the case of Uyghur Muslims.

Should the United States withdraw from the 2022 games? If so, would the rest of the world receive the right message? 

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