Union of Human Rights Organizations Holds Alternative Olympic Opening Ceremony


Since the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games was held in Beijing on February 4, the Union of Human Rights Organizations held a ceremony outside the Chinese Embassy in Otawa on the same day, and held an international sporting event “Genocide game.. “

A 30-minute ceremony co-sponsored by advocacy groups such as StopUyghurGenocide Canada, Canada Tibet Committee, Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project, and Federation for a Democratic China alerted the Chinese Communist Party to human rights abuses (CCP).

In an interview with The Epoch Times on February 4, event spokesman Phil Kretzmar, co-founder of StopUyghurGenocide Canada, said:

“We felt that we needed to solidarity and support those who were persecuted and suffering from persecution by the Chinese government, rather than doing anything to celebrate or acknowledge the Olympics.”

According to the organizers, the target communities include a mass slaughter campaign against Uighur Muslims, an ongoing crackdown on Tibetans, a more than 20-year persecution campaign against Falun Gong practitioners, and a crackdown on freedom and democracy in Hong Kong. Includes basic denial. Freedom to all Chinese people.

According to the Union, the alternative ceremony included the presentation of a “genocide medal” to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, whose administration was “faster, higher and stronger in attacking human rights and respecting human dignity. “became.

Chinese-Canadian democracy activist and writer Sheng Xue understands why the CCP, which has a record of crimes against humanity, has been granted permission to host a second Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Said it was difficult. The 2008 Summer Olympics were also held in Beijing.

“Why does the world allow the CCP to become so arrogant, give the administration such an honorable opportunity, and use the Olympics as a political platform to challenge the whole world? In an interview during the protest, Mr. Shen, who is also the vice chairman of the Federation for a Democratic China Line, said.

“The Olympic Commission has repeatedly defended the administration, so I think it must have been deeply ingrained in the CCP.”

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Protesters oppose the Beijing Winter Olympics in front of the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa on February 4, 2022. (Donna Ho / Epoch Times)

When asked about human rights violations against Uighurs in China at a press conference in Beijing on February 3, IOC President Thomas Bach said the IOC was “political” to protect the “universality” of the Games. He said he must avoid taking a “position.”

“The IOC’s position must be given political neutrality that we are not commenting on political issues,” he says. Said..

by Current Olympic CharterOne of the core principles of Olympism is the promotion of “social responsibility and respect for basic ethical principles.”

According to Mehmet Toti, executive director of the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project, Ottawa’s protests, including a simulation of the Olympic torch lighting, contrasted with the torch lighting in Beijing.

“The lighting of the Olympic torch in Beijing cannot hide the fact that the Chinese government has violated what the Canadian Parliament has declared to be a genocide against Uighurs and other Turkish minorities,” Toti said. Said in a press release on the 4th of March.

“The Chinese government has detained at least one million Uighurs in detention centers and used many other Uighurs as forced labor. It disbands our family and sterilizes our women. And systematically destroy our culture, our heritage, and Islamic customs. “

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Tibetan activist Zewan Tondup (L) is showing his permanently injured arm at the opening ceremony of the “Genocide Game” outside the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa on February 4, 2022. (Donna Ho / The Epoch Times)

Tsewan Dongdup, a Tibetan activist from Toronto who participated in the protest in Otawa, fired at him when he participated in the protest at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics in Tibet in March of the same year. Said.

“I marched on the streets from my hometown of Kam Tehor with 300 other Tibetans and shouted a slogan against discriminatory Chinese policies and practices,” he said. statement Released by the Tibetan Commission of Canada on February 4th.

“Unfortunately, Chinese troops have begun shooting us in response to our peaceful protests.”

Dhondup was shot in the lower abdomen and left elbow while trying to rescue a 16-year-old monk who was also shot, and later died of a wound. Dhondup did permanent damage to his left arm.

“At least five other Tibetans were shot dead that day, but their situation is currently unknown,” said a Tibetan activist.

Conservative MP Garnet Genuis, who also participated in the protest, emphasized the importance of confronting Beijing’s communist government in the light of “human rights abuse escalations” against Chinese, especially minority communities.

“I was here today and wanted to help those who were concerned that the Beijing Olympics were trying to whiten the crimes of the Chinese Communist Party,” Genuis told The Epoch Times.

“It’s important that we are here today and say no. To the Chinese Communist Party, we are seeing them, seeing the crimes that are happening, and standing with the victims. It is to tell that. “

Donna He contributed to this report.

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Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.