Tibetan students chained themselves to the Olympic rings in front of the Swiss headquarters of the International Olympic Committee on Saturday, Dec. 11, to call for a boycott of what many are calling the Beijing 2022 “Genocide Games.”
Members of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE) and Students for a Free Tibet staged a protest at the offices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, during a meeting of its officials, unfurling banners and staging a sit-in inside the building, Reuters reported.
Outside the offices, at the entrance, two of the activists unfurled a banner reading, “No Beijing 2022,” while five others entered the facility to stage a sit-in.
While testimony was that the protest was peaceful, the IOC said one of its security guards was injured. Police intervened and dispersed the activists after three hours of protests.
The pro-Tibet groups are part of a broader alliance of activists fueling opposition to the Beijing Olympics scheduled for Feb. 4-20, for the communist regime’s gross human rights violations against minorities, its encroachment on democratic rights in Hong Kong and its military harassment of Taiwan.
“Despite mounting international criticism of the IOC and China, the Chinese regime’s human rights abuses in Tibet, East Turkestan, and Hong Kong continue unabated,” said protester Tenzing Dhokhar, campaigns director of TYAE (Tibetan Youth Association in Europe), the largest Tibetan youth organization on the continent.
The protester stressed that the Chinese regime wants to clean up its reputation through the Beijing Games, so the IAC, by collaborating with China, “is making itself an accomplice of the Chinese Communist Party’s crimes.”
The IOC has also been under fire in recent weeks for showing a certain tolerance towards the Chinese regime regarding the uncertain security situation of tennis player Peng Shuai after she accused a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of sexually assaulting her.
Despite calls from activists and victims of the Chinese regime’s cruelty, no country has pledged to boycott the Olympics, however on Dec. 8, seven countries, including the United States, Lithuania, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Scotland, and New Zealand, officially announced a “diplomatic boycott,” which consists of not sending any official representatives.
The peaceful Buddhist country of Tibet was “invaded” by Communist China in 1950 in what it calls a “peaceful liberation,” and has since been oppressed and dominated by the regime through brutal repression.
Tibetans, as well as practitioners of the spiritual discipline of the Buddha school, Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), suffer cruel persecution by the Chinese Communist Party and are imprisoned in forced labor camps, which the regime calls “re-education centers,” where they are subjected to all kinds of abuses to subdue their beliefs.
Both in Tibet and in the Xinjiang area, where the largest number of Chinese concentration camps are concentrated, survivors have given testimonies of having suffered or witnessed forced labor and human rights abuses, even denouncing the forced removal of organs with which the regime maintains a lucrative transplant business.