Originally Posted by kintaro_kun
ok, i laughed. those several students' behaviour was inexcusable, but no less comedic than the protestors protesting for a non-issue. however, i find it quite rather unsettling that the blogger sorta connected the students' actions to the PRC, being sorta "condoned" or "sponsored" by the chinese government through its embassy. are these claims supported by hard evidence or mere speculation or are typical CNN "facts"? i dun think we'd be quite happy if ppl think that msians smuggling drugs overseas is sponsored by wisma putra.
anyway, if one were to have china chinese students as friends(which i dun think those few protestors do), one were to know pretty well that the mood among those students wasnt exactly positive and friendly, after their country is being bashed so generously by the western media and "7 years in tibet" hippies, they needed no official encouragement from their embassy to support the torch rally.
anyone up for a boycott for the london olympics over the freedom of scotland, wales, and ireland? i expect those msian protestors to be in the news 4 years later. unless, of course, this whole enterprise is country specific, instead of focussing on issues. having my fingers crossed. ;) i hope the CIA isnt reading this. oops.
It was obvious that these youths are from PRC. They accent was thick and their English was not typical of that from Malaysia and typical of people from the PRC. I was there to know it.
And I didn't say they were sponsored. I said they're from the PRC. I just want to avoid confusion because there are Chinese Malaysians (and there are Chinese Malaysians that disagree with the PRC). If I had used simply the word Chinese, somebody might have mistrued it.
But regardless, they were volunteers of the Beijing Olympics. And who do you think is managing that Olympics? The IOC?
But how do you know that they are students?
And there are differences about Tibet and Scotland, Ireland etc. They have elections and are free to move forward motion for independence to their Parliaments if they wish to do so. Even in Quebec where independence movement is popular, elections have proven that the slim majority still wanted association with Canada. So, that is their rights and they still part of Canada. When the people voices are heard, there is no need to criticize these democratic state. Separatists are given peaceful opportunity to promote their agenda.
Tibet however have been prevented from exercising that rights by the PRC. If in Malaysia we complain about unfairness in elections, why does China get to get away with not having it at all?
And these matters are entirely based on issues. If China respected liberty associated with these issues, I am sure China would not be so heavily criticized. If we criticized the US of occupying Iraq, why would China not receive the same criticism?
edited for grammar. wrote it in a rush earlier.