Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Burma and the Bejing Olympics

As reported in an earlier post, Western governments are falling over themselves to avoid offending China by raising any concerns about its suitability to host the 2008 Olympic games.

The recent protests in Burma, meanwhile, have thrown a new angle on this issue as revealed by a correspondent from Rangoon, reported on the BBC web news site. "Michel" is quoted as follows:

Today the city is quiet and people go to work as normal. There are lots of rumours, but for the time being everything is calm. People are anxious to see what's going to happen. According to the government's warnings, today could be a big day. China is key. The US have announced new sanctions, but this is nothing. Burmese people do not welcome them and do not care about them. They want help, not sanctions. If the US wants to make a change here, they should threaten that if China continues its support for the Burmese military, they won't take part in the Olympics. Everything else is a joke. Michel, Rangoon

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