The one thing where it hurts these days is always the money. The games were given to China despite it's terrible human rights record purely for financial reasons. China gets away with what it does, because we let it - purely for financial reasons.
Thus, the one action we can take that will be noticed is to show our discontent with our wallets. Boycott Chinese products, and the sponsors of these games, who with their financial support and their good names end up supporting the regime in China.
Main sponsors with products in our markets:
- Coca Cola
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Comment by Allan Kirk, on 8-Aug-2008 10:17
Yeah, let's stop the Olympics. Let's stop the Chinese people from meeting people from other countries and thus prevent them from having an opportunity to compare the way they live with the way people in other countries live.
Let's all isolate them. Just like we have isolated Burma and Zimbabwe. Trouble is, it doesn't work.
Isn't it strange that the thing the Burmese regime, for one, most fear is foreign aid - because their people might see that there is a better way of life?
You don't change a country by isolating it. You change it by the example of the way you live making the people of that country wanting to live like you.
So, strangely enough, exposing them to Visa, McDonalds, Coca Cola, Kodak etc may well achieve a lot more than you think. Which rather makes a boycott a bit of a silly move...
Comment by Felix, on 8-Aug-2008 15:33
@Allan I don't think many of the people in downtown Beijing (Chinese or otherwise) really care about the people dying in Western Sudan (Dafur), killed with weapons illegally suppiied by the Chinese government... I don't think anyone who has bothered to do a little research could stomach watching the Olympics.
I saw the BBC Panorama doco, just horrible! Human rights in China is one thing, but combined with Dafur, Tibet and the execution of innocent people to support international organ dealing businesses... I know I wont be supporting this public relations sham.
Comment by redroman23, on 9-Aug-2008 12:43
This is an idiotic post on so many levels. Why not also list TV1 and all of their Olympic advertisers while you are at?
Comment by redroman23, on 10-Aug-2008 19:37
My main point was that you slammed these international companies yet you failed to mention any action in regards to companies associated with the Olympics here in New Zealand like TVNZ for example. Also what about the athletes representing New Zealand? Are you also going to chastise them for attending these Olympics?