China Bans Athlete From Paralympics Because Of Tiananmen Square Massacre

“We are going to tell you the truth about China. We believe that for anyone who wishes to avoid a disgraceful Olympics, knowing the truth is the first step”... from an open letter by Chinese dissident Hu Jia

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The Real China and the Olympics

On July 13th 2001, when Beijing won the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games, the Chinese government promised the world it would improve China’s human rights record. In June 2004, Beijing announced its Olympic Games slogan, “One World, One Dream.” From their inception in 1896, the modern Olympic Games have always had as their mission the promotion of human dignity and world peace. China and the world expected to see the Olympic Games bring political progress to the country. Is Beijing keeping its promises? Is China improving its human rights record?

When you come to the Olympic Games in Beijing, you will see skyscrapers, spacious streets, modern stadiums and enthusiastic people. You will see the truth, but not the whole truth, just as you see only the tip of an iceberg. You may not know that the flowers, smiles, harmony and prosperity are built on a base of grievances, tears, imprisonment, torture and blood.

We are going to tell you the truth about China. We believe that for anyone who wishes to avoid a disgraceful Olympics, knowing the truth is the first step.

Fang Zheng, an excellent athlete who holds two national records for the discus throw at China’s Special Sport Games, has been deprived of the opportunity to participate in the 2008 Paralympics because he has become a living testimony to the June 4, 1989 massacre. That morning, in Tiananmen Square, his legs were crushed by a tank while he was rescuing a fellow student. In April 2007, the Ministry of Public Security issued an internal document secretly strengthening a political investigation which resulted in forbidding Olympics participation by 43 types of people from 11 different categories, including dissidents, human rights defenders, media workers, and religious participants. The Chinese police never made the document known to either the Chinese public or the international community.

… continue reading this article at The Guardian (link here)

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5 responses to “China Bans Athlete From Paralympics Because Of Tiananmen Square Massacre

  1. politically incorrect

    By the response you have received it would appear that if it is not happening on the “rock” Bajans don’t care.

    Sad!

  2. Jack Bowman

    Dear BFP,

    I’m a true (and on-record) supporter of what you seem to be doing with this blog. This country, god knows, needs an independent press. The printed and “official” press is deplorable beyond belief. The printed press doesn’t even begin to resemble a proper independent medium. The Nation and the Advocate are nothing less than embarrassments.

    In the several countries in which I’ve lived, many of them in what is termed “the developing world,” the press is so vibrant that you can hardly keep up with it. In this country, the press is so tame that you can barely read another article about another school’s prize day, while all the time you know that any serious journalist would have spent weeks writing about that utterly bizarre Ghana story.

    In short, BFP, you have my respect. The Nation and the Advocate, by contrast, are, basically comic strips.

    But, that said, as a reader I’m not sure where you’re going with all the China stuff. What’s the point, in the end?

    Is the Chinese government a serial killer? Yes, without question it is. Was the Chinese cultural revolution of the late-1960s built on top of a mountain of broken bodies, all of them innocent? Yes, it was.

    Did foolish intellectuals like Jean Paul Satre, lacking a moral imagination, defend China for decades, long after it became obvious that the cultural revolution was built on top of a mountain of broken and innocent bodies? Yes, they did.

    But where are you going with this story, BFP?

    It would be, at best, imprudent for the government of a small country like Barbados (or, actually, any country) to ignore China. There are principles, and then there is practical politics. A wise government tries to reconcile the two.

    My best wishes to you, BFP. And keep up the good work.

    ************

    BFP says,

    Thank you Jack, and especially for your criticism that is as one friend would give another.

    We’re not sure where we are going with the China story, but in some ways our job is to be a clarion that nothing is free. One would never know from the celebration in the Bajan government and oldstream media that Mao made Hitler look like an amateur when it came to murder and genocide. (That isn’t to take anything away from Hitler’s evil, it is merely to point out that Communist China has always been given a free pass by the leftist media, and the Bajan media is no different.)

    So we shall continue to remind folks that the same Communist Chinese government that is being praised by our government and our press is still murdering people for their religious views, and kidnapping mothers off the street and ripping the babies from their wombs.

    That is the hand that our Prime Minister shook.

    It is a simple truth, but not a welcome truth.

    We shall continue to provide the balance that is necessary to counter the sanitised and politically expedient picture of the ChiComs that is being presented by the oldstream media. Truly, if we were to present one of our articles for every glowing article about the Communist Chinese to be found in the Barbados media, we would have to write many more articles than we have been! 🙂

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