[The Telegraph, U.K.]
Passage of the Torch: In a Word, a 'Fiasco'
"Beijing's government will
use the pandemonium in London and then in Paris - and soon in San Francisco -
to further strengthen its ruthless dictatorship. … if we want these Games to
serve the cause of the Chinese people, the best thing we can do is try to
engage them once we are there. We must find a way.
EDITORIAL By Yves Thréard
Translated By Kate Davis
July 7, 2008
- Le Figaro - Original Article (France)
Olympism, its values and symbols were put to a bitter test
yesterday in Paris. It was predictable given the opposition that the Beijing
Games have encountered, especially in France. The passage of the torch looked
perilous. In the end, it was more than that. In a word, it was a fiasco.
The demonstrators achieved
their goal, because the public authorities were overwhelmed. The considerable
security measures taken to resist the onslaught of party crashers proved
inadequate. The relay by the unfortunate French athletes transformed into a way
of the cross which was marked by the boos,
jeers and whistles of angry crowds. Hostages of a controversy for which they
aren't responsible; they were also the targets of an increasingly
uncontrollable movement. There is much to be said about the organization of
this day. Should it have happened?
Olympic Torch Relay: A Modern 'Way of the Cross'
regrettable thing is that in their country, the Chinese didn't see any of it.
In this era of the globalization of information, the Middle Kingdom remains
impervious to the outside world. Images are censored and digital networks are
closely monitored. Even worse, Beijing's government will use the pandemonium in
London and then in Paris - and soon in San Francisco, to further strengthen its
ruthless dictatorship. The Tibetans will suffer, but so will millions of
Chinese who are kept in a state of fear and whose nationalism is exalted as an
antidote to any outside influence whenever a threat surfaces. Yesterday, from
China's point of view, the demonstrators weren't human rights activists, but
dangerous uneducated savages without morals. Enemies of sport, of peace and of
fraternity. Therefore as soon as it arrives, the message will thus be the
opposite of that being sent.
So should we hope for other
similar demonstrations of anger? Beyond the domestic political attempts at
recuperation by some Socialists, one senses that the
"affair" of the Olympic Games in Beijing will continue to flare
between now and August, and France is on the frontlines of the international
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The association Reporters Without Borders is very active: it showed itself in Olympia
at the lighting of the torch. The public debate is growing more intense,
perhaps more than anywhere else. Athletes wearing the tricolor [French] have
created a badge, “For a Better World” which the would
like to be universal. Paris, led by its mayor, welcomed the flame with
hostility, although the public event was canceled. Within the National
Assembly, membership in the peace group France-Tibet has grown from about 60 deputies to over 120.
Finally, Nicolas Sarkozy was the first head of state
to threaten to boycott the opening ceremonies. When he becomes president of the
European Union on July 1, he'll have a delicate mission: to try and speak with
a single voice for 27 E.U. members.
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Clearly, the birthplace of
human rights can boast of being faithful to its legacy. But is the path that
France has chosen the most appropriate for reaching its goal? The president of
the Republic is right to go forth with measured steps, not to show his hand,
and not to impose conditions right away. Any unnecessary provocation could risk
poisoning the dialogue with Beijing. Moreover, if we want these Games to serve
the cause of the Chinese people, the best thing we can do is try to engage them
once we are there. We must find a way.
Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace, France
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Olympic Torch: A
'Way of the Cross'
Xinhua, People's Republic of China
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and 'Those of Her Ilk' ...
The Global Geographic Times, People's Republic of China
Exposing the 'Weak Rib'
of Olympic Politicization
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