Now this is an issue, as we reach the closing ceremonies?
Ambassador Clark T. Randt Jr. pressed the Chinese government on Saturday to immediately release the Americans, the statement said. U.S. officials would continue to raise concerns about the detentions with senior Chinese officials, it said.
“We are disappointed that China has not used the occasion of the Olympics to demonstrate greater tolerance and openness,” the statement said.
It urged China to show respect for human rights, freedom of speech and religion.
It is a savage view that believes the best individuals should hope for is to be tolerated by a government.
The blunt criticism came just hours before the end of the Games, which have largely followed the plan of China’s leaders for a smooth-running event that would increase the country’s international prestige.
And the world played the willing dupe, despite the Communist government’s well-known lack of respect for human rights. Somehow, participating in the games would convince the rights-abridging propagandists to not be rights-abridging propagandists?
Under pressure to address human rights and free speech concerns, China said it would allow protests during the Games in three designated areas. But none of the more than 70 applications to demonstrate was approved, and some people were arrested as they sought the permits, rights groups and relatives said.
“We found it unusual that none of these applications have come through,” [IOC president Jacques] Rogge said at a news conference Sunday.
Unusual? What part of rights-abridging propagandist makes arresting people seeking permits to protest – an infringement on at least two rights – in any way unusual or unpredictable?
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