Boycott Beijing Winter Olympics from Melbourne Car Parade


Approximately 20 vehicles will parade on the streets of Melbourne’s metropolis to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in Victoria, Australia, on February 4, just hours before the opening ceremony. did.

The protest was led by the Uighur Society of Victoria, with the participation of Tibetan community activists, Hong Kong Link of Australia, and Taiwanese and Hong Kong activists.

The parade took place in Melbourne’s metropolitan area at 12:00 pm local time, starting at Chapel Street and ending near Channel 7 Building near the Docklands. Channel 7 is Australia’s only major television station streaming games for 2022.

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Protester’s car at a car parade to boycott the Beijing Olympics on the streets of a big city in Melbourne, Australia on February 4, 2022

Frank Jie Ruan, editor of Tiananmen Times, said the event was planned for more than a month and was initially aimed at rallies, but was changed to a car parade to make COVID more secure.

Luang said protests were planned in all major Australian cities, in the form of rallies, car parades and photo exhibitions, to highlight the human rights atrocities of the Chinese government, with the exception of Melbourne.

Participants in the car parade displayed banners with the words “No Beijing 2022” and “No Rights”. “No game” was particular about the rear and front of their car. Some cars were decorated with a blue background designed by Chinese artist Badiucao.

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Frank Sieruan standing in front of a car in Melbourne, Australia, February 4, 2022. (The Epoch Times)

Mr Luang said Beijing is not worthy of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics because the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was a complete “contradiction” in the values ​​of the Olympics.

The CCP has been monitored worldwide in recent years for national security laws imposed on former self-governing Hong Kong, Uighur mass slaughter and slave labor practices, and persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners.

Luang argued that the Chinese Communist Party was “anti-democratic” and “trampled on the dignity of its citizens,” which is inconsistent with the values ​​of friendship and respect of the Olympic movement.

“The Chinese Communist Party does not give freedom or dignity to the people and tramples on human rights, which shows that the Chinese Communist Party is against the spirit of the Olympics,” he said.

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Cars participating in a car parade to boycott the Beijing Olympics. One of the posters for this car was designed on February 4, 2022 by the Chinese artist Badiucao in Melbourne, Australia (The Epoch Times).

Damian O’Hara, who has been a member of the “CCP Victims Community” since childhood, said the protest “admits that sporting events are not possible.” [like the Olympics] And ignore the atrocities committed by the host. “

At the age of nine, Ohara was educated about the Holocaust in the Nazis of Germany and told himself that if that happened again, he would “must make a statement.”

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, held in a country with poor human rights records, urged him to do it now. He now said he was “noticing that he was in a position to happen again.” There is a lot of crackdown by CCP. “

Mr. Ohara wants people to understand that there are many “victims” of CCP’s “crimes against humanity.”

Ohara isn’t protesting the participation of the athletes, but said it’s a shame that the International Olympic Committee thinks “a deal with the Chinese Communist Party is acceptable.”

Protests around Australia follow Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison December 8thIn 2021, he participated in the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Convention with the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

Marina Chan

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Marina Chan is a Melbourne-based Australian reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]