The so-called “Genocide Olympics” set to begin in Beijing, China, on Feb. 4 have generated massive protests around the world, but now an official says athletes protesting on their territory are subject to “certain punishments.”
Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) allows on-field gestures if they do not disrupt order and respect competitors, Beijing 2022 International Relations Department deputy director general Yang Shu included other rules, according to Reuters on Jan. 19.
Shu reported that athletes must comply with the laws and regulations of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and in case they do not follow them especially they “are also subject to certain punishment”.
It is to be recalled that in previous Olympics, it was only the IOC that was in charge of dealing with any infringement of the Olympic statutes by athletes.
In fact, athletes who will travel to China to compete in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics were warned on Jan. 18 by Human Rights Watch about the advisability of taking care of their safety when speaking about human rights in China.
As for topics that are taboo for the Chinese regime, are those mentioned by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who mentioned the nasty surveillance system that athletes will be subjected to by the Chinese communist regime.
“If one of those athletes dares to say—talks about what’s happening with the Uighurs in Western China, talks about the massive human rights violations, talks about Taiwan or Tiananmen Square. If one of those athletes will talk about that in a disparaging it may be that the Chinese communist party decides to we just want to talk to them and keep them here a little bit longer,” Pompeo said.
He also noted, “Olympic athletes must understand the risk in Beijing. The CCP has built the nastiest surveillance state in history & will monitor everything athletes say & do.”
He added: “Our athletes should leave their phones & laptops at home—like I & my team did—& like the Dutch have been told to do.”
Protests by human rights advocates in several countries seek to stop the CCP’s violations against millions of Chinese people, including ethnic minorities such as the Uighurs, and spiritual practices such as Falun Dafa or Falun Gong.
The abuses are of such magnitude that countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia have elevated them to the category of genocide, which is why these Winter Games have been called the ‘Genocide Olympics’.
The IOC itself has been heavily criticized for awarding the Winter Olympics to Beijing, given that its gross human rights abuses are contrary to the spirit of solidarity that sports competitions evoke.
It is also said that the CCP will use them as a publicity campaign to mask its abusive behavior to the world.