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Mon Oct 18, 2021, 09:07 AM

Protestors disrupt flame lighting for Beijing Winter Games

Source: AP

By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS and THANASSIS STAVRAKIS

ANCIENT OLYMPIA. Greece (AP) — Three activists protesting human rights abuses in China sneaked into the archaeological site where the flame lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was being held Monday and ran toward the newly lit torch holding a Tibetan flag and a banner that read “No genocide games.”

The protesters managed to enter the grounds and attempted to reach the Temple of Hera, where the ceremony was being held. They were thrown to the ground by police and detained.

“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.

The flame was lit at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece under heavy police security.



Protesters displaying a Tibetan flag and a banner reading "No genocide games" enter the grounds during the lighting of the Olympic flame at Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southwestern Greece, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Beijing, China, which will host the Feb. 4-20, 2022 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/sports-science-greece-beijing-2020-tokyo-olympics-e11ac43c1c0280c87e171d4e800daa1d

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Omaha Steve Oct 2021 OP
BumRushDaShow Oct 2021 #1
Bucky Oct 2021 #5
BumRushDaShow Oct 2021 #6
Bucky Oct 2021 #8
BumRushDaShow Oct 2021 #9
Champp Oct 2021 #2
turbinetree Oct 2021 #3
Igel Oct 2021 #7
EndlessWire Oct 2021 #4

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 09:17 AM

1. I had to slow down with my haphazard scanning of the article and really read it

because the first thing that came to my mind was - "Aren't the winter games like, 'months away'"?

This disruption happened in Greece and they are just starting the torch relay journey to Beijing. I was initially thinking the disruption took place in China.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 04:56 PM

5. I wonder if they're gonna run the torch all the way across Asia

That's probably not too difficult a thing to find out. But I'm lazy.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 05:30 PM

6. I was just looking to see what the route is

and apparently that is still up in the air! Couldn't find a thing.




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Mark Dreyer
@DreyerChina
Olympic torch for 2022 will be lit at Olympia tomorrow, then handed over to @Beijing2022 at ceremony in Greece on Tuesday, but still complete silence on torch relay route/details.
1:42 AM · Oct 17, 2021


It was "lit" and handed off -




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Olympics
@Olympics
The Olympic Flame is officially lit! 🔥

Ahead of the Olympic Winter Games #Beijing2022, the Olympic Torch Relay begins at the Flame Lighting Ceremony in Ancient Olympia, Greece.
Watch the full Beijing 2022 Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony!
olympics.com
9:15 AM · Oct 18, 2021

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #6)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 07:26 PM

8. I always imagined they just put it on a plane and ran it up & down the aisle

And if there was a stopover, who ever's carrying it has to run around in circles on the tarmac till the plane takes off again

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Response to Bucky (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 07:47 PM

9. LOL

I remember back in 1996 when they had the Atlanta Olympics, the route came through here in Philly (including doing a "Rocky run" up the steps of the Art Museum. But since they got here late at night, they actually booked a hotel room for it to stay in overnight, and then left early the next morning.

From what I understand, there is some special lantern that they transfer the flame to when not running with it on a torch.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 09:29 AM

2. #GenocideGames

Of this we shall hear more, me thinks.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 09:54 AM

3. So the Olympics are going to go to a country.....

that just said fuck you to a 50 year old treaty agreement between the British and China about Hong Kong and letting the people decide......well they just threw that out the fucking window...., and building islands in the South China Sea for the military .....and now trying their shit in/ on Taiwan....so greed and abuse of human rights and breaking treaties ...so the Olympics and greed.....are the now intent and just turn a blind eye....

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 05:32 PM

7. People got tired of "Free Tibet."

The occupation of Tibet became completely okay.

In 50 years we'll think of what's happened to Hong Kong, the Uighurs, and even Taiwan in late 2022 as perfectly normal.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 12:43 PM

4. I thought Greece was still burning.

Odd how this was over the flame of sportsmanship.

I want to add to the response detailing all the unfriendly acts China has committed lately. Don't forget that hypersonic missile that they recently tested. Also, don't forget their boycott of the climate summit, joined by their buddy, Russia.

How many Winter Olympians will sit out bug-infested Beijing in favor of safety?

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