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Olympic Torch Dodges S.F. Protesters
By JULIANA BARBASSA and MARCUS WOHLSEN

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 10:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO – The Olympic torch played hide and seek with thousands of demonstrators and spectators crowding the city’s waterfront Wednesday before being spirited away without even a formal goodbye on its symbolic stop in the United States.
Pro-Tibet demonstrator Lala Norgyal protests shortly before the Olympic torch passed through San Francisco on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
After its parade was rerouted and shortened to prevent disruptions by massive crowds of anti-China protesters, the planned closing ceremony at the waterfront was canceled and moved to San Francisco International Airport. The flame was put directly on a plane and was not displayed.

The last-minute changes to the route and the site of the closing ceremony were made amid security concerns following chaotic protests in London and Paris of China’s human rights record in Tibet and elsewhere, but they effectively prevented many spectators who wanted to see the flame from witnessing the historic moment.

As it made its way through the streets of San Francisco, the flame traveled in switchbacks and left the crowds confused and waiting for a parade that never arrived. Protesters also hurriedly changed plans and chased the rerouted flame.

Mayor Gavin Newsom told The Associated Press that the well-choreographed switch of the site of the closing ceremony was prompted by the size and behavior of the crowds massing outside AT&T Park.

There was “a disproportionate concentration of people in and around the start of the relay,” he said in a phone interview while traveling in a caravan that accompanied the torch.

Less than an hour before the relay began, officials cut the original six-mile route nearly in half.

Then, at the opening ceremony, the first torchbearer took the flame from a lantern brought to the stage and held it aloft before running into a waterfront warehouse. A motorcycle escort departed, but the torchbearer was nowhere in sight.

Officials drove the Olympic torch about a mile inland and handed it off to two runners away from protesters and media, and they began jogging toward the Golden Gate Bridge, in the opposite direction of the crowds waiting for it. More confusion followed, with the torch convoy apparently stopped near the bridge before heading southward to the airport.

As the flame traveled toward the airport, news dribbled through the crowds of more than 10,000 spectators and protesters gathered at the waterfront that the torch wasn’t coming there.

Spectator Dave Dummer said he was disappointed.

“That upsets me,” Dummer said. “My back hurts from standing around on this lumpy sidewalk. … This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and other people messed it up by protesting.”

China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported early Thursday that the San Francisco leg proceeded without major disruptions, although the route had been changed “due to threats by Tibetan separatists and their supporters to storm the relay.”

There were signs of tension even before the torch relay began. Pro-Tibet and pro-China groups were given side-by-side permits to demonstrate, and representatives from both sides spilled from their sanctioned sites across a major street and shouted at each other nose to nose, with no visible police presence to separate them.

At least one torchbearer decided to show her support for Tibetan independence during her moment in the spotlight. After being passed the Olympic flame, Majora Carter pulled out a small Tibetan flag that she had hidden in her shirt sleeve.

“The Chinese security and cops were on me like white on rice, it was no joke,” said Carter, 41, who runs a nonprofit organization in New York. “They pulled me out of the race, and then San Francisco police officers pushed me back into the crowd on the side of the street.”

Farther along the planned route, about 200 Chinese college students mobbed a car carrying two people waving Tibetan flags in front of the city’s Pier 39 tourist destination. The students, who arrived by bus from the University of California, Davis, banged drums and chanted “Go Olympics” in Chinese.

“I’m proud to be Chinese and I’m outraged because there are so many people who are so ignorant they don’t know Tibet is part of China,” Yi Che said. “It was and is and will forever be part of China.”

The torch’s 85,000-mile, 20-nation global journey is the longest in Olympic history, and is meant to build excitement for the Beijing Games. But it has also been targeted by activists angered over China’s human rights record.

Hundreds of pro-China and pro-Tibet demonstrators blew whistles and waved flags as they faced off near the site of the relay’s opening ceremony. Police struggled to keep the groups apart. At least one protester was detained, and officers blocked public access to bridge leading to the ceremony site across McCovey Cove from the ballpark.

One of the runners who planned to carry the torch dropped out earlier this week because of safety concerns, officials said. The torchbearers competed not only with people protesting China’s grip on Tibet, but its support for the governments of Myanmar and Sudan.

Local officials say they support the diversity of viewpoints, but tightened security following chaotic protests during the torch’s stops in London and Paris and a demonstration Monday in which activists hung banners from the Golden Gate bridge.

Vans were deployed to haul away arrested protesters, and the FAA restricted flights over the city to media helicopters, medical emergency carriers and law enforcement aircraft. Law enforcement agencies erected metal barricades and readied running shoes, bicycles and motorcycles for officers preparing to shadow the runners.

Peter Ueberroth, chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, said the U.S. had struck the right balance between preserving freedom of speech for protesters, providing an exhilarating experience for the torchbearers, and preventing a repeat of the chaotic demonstrations that accompanied the torch in London and Paris.

“As close as anybody can do in a free society, so far its looking very good,” Ueberroth said. “Virtually anybody and everybody is being heard.”

The Olympic flame began its worldwide trek from Ancient Olympia in Greece to Beijing on March 24, and was the focus of protests right from the start.

Although torchbearers in other cities have complained of aggressive behavior by paramilitary police in blue track suits sent by Beijing to guard the Olympic flame, there was no evidence of problems in California.

San Francisco was chosen to host the relay in part because of its large Chinese-American population.

In Beijing, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday to discuss preparations for the games, and “a range of games topics were discussed,” the IOC said.

Rogge is to give more details at a news conference Friday, when the IOC’s executive board is to discuss Friday whether to end the remaining international legs of the relay after San Francisco because of widespread protest. The torch is scheduled to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then to a dozen other countries before arriving in China on May 4. The Olympics begin Aug. 8.

Rogge has refrained from criticizing China, saying he prefers to engage in “silent diplomacy” with the Chinese.

In an interview broadcast Wednesday on the VRT television network in his native Belgium, Rogge warned that pushing China too hard on Tibet and human rights would be counterproductive.

“If you know China, you know that mounting the barricades and using tough language will have the opposite effect,” he said. “China will close itself off from the rest of the world, which, don’t forget it, it has done for some 2,000 years.”

Meanwhile Wednesday, the White House said anew that President Bush would attend the Olympics, but left open the possibility that he would skip the opening ceremonies. Asked whether Bush would go to that portion of the games, White House press secretary Dana Perino demurred, citing the fluid nature of a foreign trip schedule this far out and the many factors that go into devising it.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the British leader will not attend the opening ceremony. Brown’s office said the decision was not aimed at sending a message of protest to the Chinese government, that Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell will represent the British government at the opening, and that Brown would attend the closing ceremony.

London is hosting the 2012 Olympics and British officials were expected to attend events throughout the games.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said he is debating not attending the opening ceremony as a protest of China’s crackdown in Tibet.

A service of the Associated Press(AP)

1.     How much do you know about Tibet and Tibetans?

2.     What is Olympic to you?

3.  What is the role of the Olympic committee?

4.     What do you think about

-the protests against the Beijing 2008?

-the action taken by United Kingdom, Germany, France, America, China and the Xinhua News Agency for this? 

 


36 Comments so far
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Olympic games is not a political games.
Olympic games should be carried out in a peaceful way.

Comment by Bonnie

I agree! 🙂

Comment by Nikki Bouteiller

The Olympics games is a symbol of peace and the friendship.

Comment by shirley

1 The Tibetans protests against the Beijing 2008 when the Olympic torch is carrying in the every country
2The Olympics games are the international athletic meet, every four years hold time. The Olympic Games five Color link symbolized symbolizes five continents to unite, the blue color (Europe), the black (Africa), is red (the Americas), the yellow (Asia), the green (Oceania).
3Their role is to handles the Olympics activity
4I think they don’t need to protests against the Beijing 2008 because they can use another method to protests against the Beijing 2008. Example they can told the government what they want to do, I think the government will heard their feelings. In addition, the government also needs to think about why the people protests against the Beijing 2008, is it our own problem? Can we remove the problem? I think the government doesn’t need to fight to them every time.

Comment by christie^-^

1.They protests against the Beijing 2008 in every city.
2.Olympic is like a Athletic Meet.But not the same with us.It hold time every four years.It oas a lof of events such as long jump,high jump,running,swimmingand so on.
3.Olympic committee need to make the Olympic can carry favoringly.
4.I think the they very stupid and selfish.Olympic isn’t a politicized activities.Why they want to exclude the Olympic in Beijing?It is a grand occasion!I think other citys are very bad.Some citys’ presidents aren’t join the Olympic.Why?Why they do that?They should china to solve the problems.

Comment by Ricky Lam=]

1.Tibet is part of China.The Tibetans protest against the Beijing 2008.
2.I think Olympic hold olympic games to excavate sportsman. It provides many olympic sports games, such as running. It hold four years for one times.
3.The role helps to protect Olympic.
4.I don’t know why they protest against the Beijing 2008!!!I want to kill them all.They are the part of China but why they destroy Olympic? If they feeling Olympic bad, why they don’t tell the government? I think they are naive!

Comment by Mandy

1. Tibet is a autonomous region of the five in China. In Chinese they are called自治區.Actually tibetans are Chinese. Tibet is a big racial of china, there are many temples, and the tibetans always thought the government will hurt them so they against the government.

2. To me, Olympic is a exciting sports programme. When i was small sometimes i want to join the Olympic too, but now when i grown up, i knkow it is impossible.And i’m really think those athletes are amazing!

3.The role of the olympics committee is keep fair in the Olympics.

4. I think it is not a good way to complain when the olympics held. This athlete meet is not for people to complain of the human rights in China.Other countries can get some news in the case, but they should better report the truth.

Comment by Gloria chang.

I don’t know any Tibetans , but there have a lot of TV programs before is talk about Tibet.They always talk about its’ tourist attraction. I think that Olympic is a great international event , because when it is holding, everyone will put down the war or somethings disagreement. I think that Olympic committees’ role is decision everythings about Olympic , such as the route of Olympic torch.
I think that people should not protests at Olympic game , because this is not accord to the Olympism .

Comment by KT

1.The Tibet is a place at China.But recently,they require independence,and the Tibetans fight at Tibet.They also try damage some buildings and killed about four people.
2.Olympic is a very solemn sports programme.Many
famous athletes would join the Olympic and to compete with others athletes.I think they are very amazing!
3.The Olympic committee is very important because their job is to make the Olympic games more fair and they need to handle a lot of things.
4.I think the people must not protest during the Olympic games.If they do some bad things, how would other people think about China? They might think China isn’t a good place.So, if those people are not agree with the China Government.They can tell them.And they no need to protest,to fight and quarrel with the China Government.

Comment by Jenny Cheung

1Tibet is a famous place nowadays. It is because a railway was built in there. The railway is located in a part of China. It is a good place to travel for visitors. Tibetans are the people who gather together to form a gang to protest the Olympic 2008 which hold by Beijing.
2 Olympic is a famous world sports. It is not hold every year, there are so many types of sports are hold in Olympic. For example, table tennis and volleyball, etc.
Each Olympic is hold by different place and this time is hold by Beijing.
3The role of the Olympic committee is to organize the variety types of Olympic Games well. Also, they need to prepare all of the things no matter the things are so tiny. They need to try their best to finish their jobs.
4 I think the protests against the Beijing 2008 are bad because they make the transferring Olympic Torch activity become a chaotic situation because of their own complain activity. Also, I think it is not a good action taken by United Kingdom, Germany, France, America, China and the Xinhua News Agency because when they got some problems, people just only want to use fighting to be the solving method. However, it is not a good method and this must not solve problems. I think the people that use fighting to solve problems is so silly.

Comment by Suki Chui

1.I know that Tibet is a place of China.It give a poor feeling to me.The people there are called tibetans.In this Olympic torch,some of the Tibetans came out and try to stop the activities,finally,they were caught by the policemen.
2.I think Olympic is very funny and exciting because when the Olympic was starting,I will worried about my country,China,can get how many sports medals and can we break through some new recond?
3.The role of the Olympic committee is used to keep the competitions more fair and protect the athletes to avoid some accidents happen on them.
4.I think the people who tried to interference of the China Olympic games are very silly and Crazy!Let me ask them a question,why do we start Olumpic games?Because we want to use a sport form
to stop the fighting between a country to another country.If some of them want to protests against the Beijing 2008,they can tell the Chinese Government,but not doing some destory project to stop our Beijing 2008!

Comment by Jacky Law

1.The Tibet is a part of China. The Tibetans are very against the Olympic games hold in China so they protests in every city.
2.I think Olympic games is a athletic meet in every four years. It contain many types of competition.
3.I think Olympic committees’ job is encourages the organization and develops the sports and the sports competitions.
4.I think just a part of Tibetans hoped under Dalai Lama’s leadership. They can separated from the Chinese the rule. Therefore they did these action to protest against China. But I think there are no relationship between the Olympic games and Chinese politics! I think if they continue to do this, they may destruction the hold of Olympic games! So I think that not a good way to protest against China. They should use a better way to tell China Government. They can send letters to tell their felling or do in other ways. No need to protests against in every city.

Comment by Emily Ma^^

1. I only know that they want to be another country and use violence to reach their dream.I think they are very unscrupulously and haven’t any rational.
2. 4years ago ,I hate Olympics very much because all time the TV only present it and i can’t watch the show that i wanted to watch.But now,the Olympic games is a great activities for me. I want to watch the volley ball competition ,swimming competition….a lot of them.
3. They are too important to decide the decision about the Olympic games.

4. I think they are stupid to
protests against the Beijing 2008 because Olympic games are a fair,open and blessed sport activities .If the olympic games isn’t held on China,will they protests like a madman- -”
i don’t know about that

Comment by KAREN

1⊿ Tibet is called minority in China.Also one of the municipality of China.I think the Tibetans are very wildness.The Olympic games can hold in China,they should fill happy but they haven’t.
2⊿ Olympic is an international athletics game.The Olympic symbol have five colour the blue color mean Europe, the black mean Africa,red mean the Americas,yellow mean Asia,green mean Oceania.
It mean five continent unite.
3⊿ The Olympic committee is the main role of Olympic games.Just like the president of a country.
4⊿ I think Olympic games should perform peacefully and no protests.These people shouldn’t have protests at this very moment,otherwise ,I will bulid up a bad image for China.

Comment by Danny @,.,@

Oops ,I correct the wrong spelling ☆fill☆ into ★feel★.

Comment by Danny @,.,@

1.Protests against the Beijing 2008 in many different city.
2. I think Olympic is just like the sports competition that we held in school. But this one is more ceremonious.
3. Their job is to keep the events more fair and soft the problem when some things happened.
4. I think to protests against the Beijing 2008 is not a good way to show their resentful.
And the government should talk to them.

Comment by Kelly Chen

1.They protests against the Beijing 2008 in many different city and want to destroy the Olympic.
2.I think the Olympic is just like the sports competition[Athletic Meet] that we held in school. But this one is more ceremonious.And is it is including running,swimming,ball games,etc.It hold in different country between 4 years. And the athlete is come from a lot of country is the world!
3.I think the Olympic committee is help to keep the competition more fair and soft the problem when some accidents is happened.And arrange the events.
4.I think to protests against the Beijing 2008 is not a good way to show their resentful to the government .
Because they are also one part of the china and we have to keep peace and have a good relationship with China.
And the government should talk to them and soft the problem !!
I don’t know what the meaning fo the question= =”

Comment by Kelly Chen

1.Tibet is in China. The Tibetans protest against the Beijing 2008 when the Olympic torch is carrying in the every country.
2.Olympic is a big athletic meet. And I know that it held once every four years. It is a good arena for the athletes in hte whole world. They can show their ability and talent.
3.The roles of the Olympic committee are make the athletic meet go favoringly. And to make the athletic meet more fair.
4.I think they are so bad. I agree to Gloia’s comment. The athletic meet is not for the people to complain rights. Why they can not on second? Why they can not think for the other people? They want have a happy, glad and pleasure Olympic. Why they essential to destroy?
I think other countries can talk about the news, but it should be true.

Comment by yoyo so

1.
Tibet is one of five class autonomy places in province of autonomy in the Chinese execution race, district, is a national autonomy place that took hiding a clan as corpus.
And Tibet is a famous place in china.

2.
The Olympic sports games is the international
sports games of the containment various athletics exercise item that the international
Olympic committee sponsors.The Olympic sports games hold every four years.
Different colour represent different places
blue(Europe), black(Africa), red(America), yellow(Asia), green(Oceania)

3.
International Olympic Committee is an organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland,
created by Pierre de Coubertin. It is very important. And it can make the raise more fair.

4.
I think they are very bad.First of all,I want to ask them ‘Why you against the Beijing 2008?’I’m very agree yoyo cm.Everyone want to have a happy, glad and pleasure Olympic.Anyway,I am not agree the the protests against the Beijing 2008. =]

Comment by ♥kw0kj0ey

1. Tibet is one of the minority of China.And the Tibetans are who want to leave China this country to be a freedom country’s people now. (26 words)

2. Olympic is a very great program to me. Besides,I think this is very popular.It is because it only organize once a year.And if it have organized,it must be very excited for everybody.Moreover,Olympic is about sport activities’competition.Affirmatively,every country will join it because they want to win. (54
words)

3. The role of the Olympic committee is just let the match be fair and supply the information and picture of the Olympic. (22 words)

4. I think the protests against the Beijing 2008 were very bad.It’s because the Olympic is want to give out peace and blessing for people.But now,the protests make the Olympic become deray.I am very disappointed about it. And I think the other countries were very unkindness to China.It’s because when China get into trouble,they didn’t help China to solve these problems. (66 words)

Comment by Alice

1.Tibet is an autonomous region of China. Recently, Tibet wants to independence, so the Tibetans protest the Beijing Olympic 2008. They also try to damage the Olympic flame in every city when it is carrying.

2.Olympic is almost the same as our school’s athletic meet. The different is the athletes come from different country and take the intense competition. They want to get reputation to their own country. It carry out every foru year. It includ much sport games.

3.Olympic committee’s role is to judge and handles the Olympic. They need to keep all the competition must be fair.

4.I think people ought not to protests against the Olympic because it is an international activities. No matter it is hole on which country. It must through the Olympic committee judgment and derive people’s identification in the world. Tibet protests against the Beijing Olympic 2008 is the foolish action. Other countries which support Tibet to be independence are the selfish action. They want to reduce the strength of China. They want to make sure that China cannot threaten to them. Nowadays, people want to be peace in the world and not the selfish political method.

Comment by Roger

1⊿ Tibet is called minority in China.Also one of the municipality of China.I think the Tibetans are very wildness.They are Chinese.The Olympic games can hold in China,they should feel happy but they haven’t.So they haven’t the sence of belonging to China.
2⊿ Olympic is an international athletics game.The Olympic symbol have five colour the blue color mean Europe, the black mean Africa,red mean the Americas,yellow mean Asia,green mean Oceania.
It mean five continent unite.
3⊿ The Olympic committee is the main role of Olympic games.Just like the president of a country.
4⊿ I think Olympic games should perform peacefully and no protests.These people shouldn’t have protests at this very moment,otherwise ,I will bulid up a bad image for China.

Comment by Danny

1. I know that Tibetans want Tibet to be a country, get rid of China’s rule and they demonstrated during this period because the Beijing Olympic games is going to hold, they want to be cared about their dream. But later they began to destroy the equipment, cars and buildings in Tibet. China dispatched some security officer to Tibet for maintenance of peace. The other countries said the security officer used violence to suppress the demonstrators.

2. Olympic is a big sport games association (or a meeting) hold once time between three years. It is respected by the world, especially the Greece. I think it is boring because I don’t know the names of the athletes and I am not interested in sports very much.

3. The Olympic committee has the power to make decision of all about Olympic.

4. I think this kind of protests cannot arrest China hold the Olympic games. They should separate clearly the different between sports and political action.

Those countries and Xinhua News Agency have different opinion about Beijing 2008. If they against of China will hold the Olympic and someone will not attend the ceremony, I do not care about this but it only shows you do not respect the Olympic. Besides, you think smarter, you can find that Olympic and political action has not any relation (except the demonstrating). The problem of Tibet is not a reason for you to protest the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Comment by Johnny

1.Tibet is one of the five municipalities of China. Tibetan people are also called the Zang. They protested against the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. They wanted to stop it so they tried to get the Olympic Torch.

2.I think Olympic is a very stately, serious sport. Although it is a competiton, but the main meaning is to contact different countries’ people’s friendships. People always say, ‘Friendship is the first, competition is the second’.

3.The role of Olympic committee is to handle the Olypmic games and make them fair.

4.I think the people who protested the Beijing 2008 ‘s behavior was very senseless and silly. They should not complain the Olympic by these ways. They are not the best methods. They made many troubles to the Olympic. It because the Olympic ‘s purport is to establish the friendship between countries and countries. They wanted the world to be peace.

Comment by Angel Tsim

1:The Tibetans protests Olympic Games hold in Beijing.They prevent Olimpic torch convey in every countries.
2:Olympic is a compertion for every countries.It hold in every4years.This compertion can let athletes learn from each other.
3:I think Olympic committee’s role is to plan the compertions of Olympic.
4:The Tibetans protests Olympic2008,because they wanted Tibet autonomy.I think they had used a worng method.They should discuss with the president,not to protests against the Beijing 2008.
When the Olimpic torch convey in other countries,such as,UK,Germany.Some Tibetans prevent.Some of the news just write Tibetans prevent Olimpic torch convey,haven’t write why the Tibetans do that.I they should have to write the turth.Otherwise,other people may misunderstand them.

Comment by Jenny Chan

1.The Tibetans wants Tibet to be an autonomous region, but the China government does not accept this. And the Tibetans protest the China government through the Olympic, they do something to hinders China hold the Olympic in Beijing.(38 words)

2.When I was young, Olympic is program forbid me to watch TV. But now, I know that Olympic is competition of many kinds of sports. I enjoy to watch the competition sometimes.(32words)

3.The Olympic committee will ready and do every things about the Olympic normally. Such as, arranging the route of handing around the Olympic torch. In this event, the Olympic committee try to arranging how to protect the handing around of the Olympic torch.(44words)

4.
a)Freedom is really important, but the Tibetans should not utilize the Olympic to be a hostage. It is because the Olympic is belongs to the whole world.(27words)

b)I think the United Kingdom, Germany, France ,America and the other countries should not do any things on this event! Because they won’t help, they will just do something stir up trouble unknowingly. Moreover, the China should do something to prevent from the Tibetans do something bad to the Olympic.(50words)

Total : 191 words

Comment by Janice

1]The Tibetans protests against the Beijing 2008 when the Olympic torch is carring in every city.
2]When I am small, I just think Olympis is only a program of sports. It is very boring. Right now, I know more about Olympic, I think it not just a program for us, I can learn something in it too.
3]The Olympic committee is to sure the Olympic games can go favoringy and normally.
4]
[i]Although everyone know that freedom is quite important, however, the Tibetans protested the bejing 2008 is quite silly too. They shouldn’tprotested because the Olympic is relased to the world.
[ii]I think the Olympic is not a competition such easy, it can also communicate with each other through compeition. That’s why I think it shouldn’t have any arguing and protested. If it is happened, then everyone who joined the competition will feel happy. Also the Olympic can go favoringy.

Comment by Christy Kong ^^

1.They protests against the Beijing 2008 in many different city and want to destroy the Olympic.

2.I think the Olympic is just like the sports competition[Athletic Meet] that we held in school. But this one is more ceremonious.And is it is including running,swimming,ball games,etc.It hold in different country between 4 years. And the athlete is come from a lot of country is the world!

3.I think the Olympic committee is help to keep the competition more fair and soft the problem when some accidents is happened.And arrange the events.

4.I think to protests against the Beijing 2008 is not a good way to show their resentful to the government .
Because they are also one part of the china and we have to keep peace and have a good relationship with China.
And the government should talk to them and soft the problem !!
I don’t know what the meaning fo the question= =”

Comment by Kelly Chen

1.) Tibet is on a plateau. Most of Tibetans are Buddhists. They protested before the Olympic torch passed through the San Francisco because they want to be independent.

2.) Olympic is sports competitions holding every four years. There is one more item this year. It is horsemanship, people ride on horse and show different dressage to the judges.

3.) The role of the Olympic committee is keeping the race fair. They preserve freedom of speech for protestors. They also make a decision of Olympic games.

4.) I think there should not have any protests against the Olympic games. It is because Olympic is an international activity. It should not be treated as a chance for any people to ask for independence which is political revolution. It aims at linking up the countries all over the world.

As a whole, I reckon that the people should not protest the Olympic games to be held in Beijing. In fact, politics and sports activities should be separated.

Comment by Donna

1.Tibet is a small city in China.Sometimes they will has the war and conflict time.The Tibetans can sing and dance. They sing anytime for any event and dance at festivals, weddings, gatherings and during their spare time.

2.I think Olympics is a sport competition.It want to give people a time to show their Competent.I also enjoy the Olympic very much.

3.The Olympic committee is use to supervising and managing and plan.Making sure the competition is fair.

4.We can not against the people who do not like the Beijing 2008 because everyone are joining the Olympic.We can not prevent them to make their own think.=..=

Comment by Wing

1)Tibet is a place in northeast china.Tibetans are the people in Tibet.
2)I think Olympics are the sports competition.It is also a place in greece.I think Olympics is the most exciting sports competition in the world.It carry all the countries.
3)The role keep Olympics safe and fair.
4)I think it is too bad.We should protect the olympic.I think the whole world need to friendly so that the world will be peace!

Comment by MICHAEL

1. Tibetans are the people originally from Tibet, and Tibet is one of the five major clans in China. That means, they are also a part of Chinese. They want to leave China to be independent and set up a new country by themselves, by their own power.
2. Olympic is a category of many different kinds of games that relation to Sports. It is also called as “athletic games”. For example, swimming, track and field, shooting, ball games, gymnastics and so on… Athletes will try their best and aim at the champion of the whole Olympic Game.
3. The role of Olympic committee is a group of people that is in charge of the whole Olympic game. They should prepare everything before the opening ceremony of Olympic Game. They have also a special authority to decide the final decision if there is an unfair competition.
4. I think the rebels who protest against the Beijing 2008 were very stupid and unnecessary. Their behaviors were very bad and their attitudes were very poor also. Although freedom is very important to our life, we should not have the bad attitude. In addition, United Kingdom, Germany, France, America, China and the Xinhua News may not help China to solve this problem. It will make more troubles on it contrarily.

Comment by Angel Wong =]

1.i only know that Tibet is apart of China,but it is not rule by People’s Republic of China institute,is thet by themselves,so it also called Tibet Autonomous Region.i also know Tibetans are very cruel and violence.
2.i know that Olympic games is a big sport competition,it is origins to Athens and conducts four years once.i know that every country can join it and i knoe the Olympic 2008 will conducts in China!
3.i only know that it will supervision the
Olympic,mkae it fair,choose where the Olympic conducts on the fair and make the Olympic fair.it is very important
4i.i think the politics should not influence the Olympics.They should gather togather to discuss. 4ii.i think thise country who protests against the Beijing 2008 is using the change to attack China,to make China’s image worse.i think they are stupid and crazy,because all things are carrying on,it won’t stop.if they do not want to join,that’s find!Thet lose a change.

Comment by tommy

1.I know that Tibetans live in Tibet and their living area surround from the West Central Asia and China in the East.Tibet is a part of China,but the Tibetans want Tibet to be a country .Also many Western countries are support Tibet ,so they use the time of transfer Olympic Torch to protest China. Many Western countries support Tibet to protest China.And I think that because of many Dalai Lama live in Tibet .So, their actions are quite fury.( 81 words )

2.The Olympic Games are the international athletic meet.It includes many types of sports.And I think that Olympic games are so excited because we can watch the live programme on TV and we can know the result of the Olympic games very soon.(44 words)

3.The role of the Olympic committee is to protect the Olympic games keep fair to held , confirm that the Olympic games is not involve into politics and do not let anyone to destroy the Olympic games.(36 words )

4.I think the Dalai Lama are the radical because in this protest we can see that they control the politics in Tibet .And many Tibetans believe them ,so they cause this protest to against China.
But I think that the Olympic games shouldn’t cause into the politics. So, they perhaps do something wrong in this protest .I think they should choose a better way to emit their comments.((66 words)

I think the action taken by theUnited Kingdom, Germany, France, America, China and the Xinhua News are wrong. Because of they support Tibetans to against , they made the trouble more worse.In this case , I think their jobs are to keep the Olympic games held in a fair and peace way and support China to handle well the protest.
(57 words)

numbers of words = 81+44+36+66+57=284 words

Comment by Anna

1. They protests against the Beijing 2008 in many different city and want to destroy the Olympic.

2. I think the Olympic is just like the sports competition[Athletic Meet] that we held in school. But this one is more ceremonious.And is it is including running,swimming,ball games,etc.It hold in different country between 4 years. And the athlete is come from a lot of country is the world!

3. I think the Olympic committee is help to keep the competition more fair and soft the problem when some accidents is happened.And arrange the events.

4. I think to protests against the Beijing 2008 is not a good way to show their resentful to the government .
Because they are also one part of the china and we have to keep peace and have a good relationship with China.
And the government should talk to them and soft the problem !!
I don’t know what the meaning fo the question= =”

Comment by kelly chen

1) Tibet is an autonomous region in China. It is located at the west of the China.The people live in Tibet called Tibetans. It is a nation in China.
They have their own language, called Sino-Tibetans.
2) Olympic is a international competition in the world. Olympic held on every four years. There are many types of sports competition in Olympic, such as Football, Basketball, the new one will held in the Beijing Olympic, it is Horsemanship competition.
3) The role of Olympic committee is that they need to control everything in the Olympic, like the timing, the judge of the competition (are they good, fair enough) They are very helpful and hard-working.
4) I think that no reason to protest against the Beijing Olympic. The people who protest against are very very selfish. Because Olympic is given to any people in the world. I think that the countries need to support and tolerate China. Although Tibet is messy now, no need to protest against the route of the Olympic torch.

Comment by Calla




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