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Only Athletes Would Suffer

Who would a boycott speak to, and what would it be trying to say?

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All Comments (2)

Francis Murphy:

Atheletics are not somehow more important than promoting human freedom and removing misery and suffering. There can be no exceptions; both China and Burma need to be boycotted in all ways possible as both of them are illegal military dictatorships.

Thurira:

It is true that the United States supported several military regime around the world in the past and may still be supporting some regimes right now that we don't know. But at its core the same United States safeguard the freedom of speech and freedom of expression of its own citizens and uphold the constitution. China, well China does not have a good track record in terms of Human Rights as a year after 1988 uprising in Burma, Red army gave the same treatment to its own people in July 4. So China holds a big brother status within the band of brutal regimes in Asia. Apparently it vetoed the UN SC sanction to Burma in January while preaching non-interference policy.
We are not boycotting the Olympics, we are boycotting China. [By "we" I am speaking as an Australian].

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