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Activists warn China’s Olympic PR woes set to deepen

February 17, 2008
By Charles Whelan

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s public relations woes over the Olympics are just beginning, activists have warned, after a torrid stretch of headlines highlighted by Steven Spielberg ending his links to the Games.

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A woman cycles past an old billboard showing the Olympic rings in Beijing February 15. China’s public relations woes over the Olympics are just beginning, activists have warned.(AFP/Peter Parks)The international leg of the torch relay during April is set to be a target for protests over the many complaints about the Chinese government, while Beijing itself will likely be a magnet for critics during the August Games.

Jill Savitt, director of Olympic Dream for Darfur, an organisation set up to pressure China into helping end the bloodshed in the western Sudanese region, told AFP protests were already being planned for the torch relay.

“We will be targeting the various stages of the torch relay for demonstrations and we plan to be in Beijing during….

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Performers wave Olympic flags during the unveiling of the official uniforms of volunteers, technicians and referees of the Beijing Olympics and Paralympic Games in Beijing in this January 20, 2008 file photo. Volunteers, unpaid and self-supporting, have become an integral part of the Olympics over the last few decades and Beijing is recruiting a record 100,000 for the Summer Games in August and the following Paralympics.Picture taken January 20, 2008. To match feature OLYMPICS-CHINA/VOLUNTEERS REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV/Files (CHINA)

Rights groups shine Olympic spotlight on China

August 6, 2007

by Karl Malakunas

BEIJING (AFP) – The Olympic spotlight is making the communist rulers of China more vulnerable to global pressure than ever before, rights groups and activists say as they ready for 12 months of intense campaigning.

Threatening to spoil the Beijing Olympic party are issues such as the violence in Sudan’s Darfur region that has left hundreds of thousands dead, China’s rule over Tibet, and its domestic curbs on religion and the media.

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