Published On: Mon, Oct 18th, 2021
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Human Right Activists Stage Protest at Beijing Olympics Torch-Lighting Ceremonyon October 18, 2021 at 6:13 pm

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Three human rights activists holding a Tibetan banner that read “No genocide games” managed to sneak into the site where the Olympic flame was lit in Greece before being detained by police. The flame was lit on Monday at the Temple of Hera in southern Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Olympics, ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The event was under heavy police security as a number of protesters gathered near the event. “How can Beijing be allowed to host the Olympics given that they are committing a genocide against the Uyghurs?” one protester said, referring to the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang. Rights groups and U.S. lawmakers have called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone or relocate the Games, saying there have been no human rights improvements in China since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Uyghurs …

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