CNN reported that human rights activists protested against the Beijing Olympics in Greece just a day before the lighting ceremony to light the torch for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Greek police said on the morning of the 17th local time that they had arrested 18-year-old Chela Joksang, an 18-year-old Tibetan student activist, and 22-year-old U.S. citizen Joey Siu from Hong Kong, who held protests against the Beijing Olympics at the Acropolis in Athens on the morning of the 17th.
Just a few hours before the torch-lighting exercise, they abruptly climbed up to the construction of the Acropolis and held out banners with Tibetan flags and ‘Hong Kong Liberation-Era Revolution’ written on them, and were arrested by the on-site police.
It was also reported that the torch lighting practice held in Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, was also reported to have not been carried out properly due to rain and cloudy weather.
The organizers ignited the torch with flames from the previous rehearsal when the sunlight was not strong enough to ignite the torch.
More rain is expected on the 18th, the day the torch is lit, and human rights activists have announced that they will hold additional protests until the 19th, when the torch is delivered to the Chinese Olympic organizing committee.
Beijing, the host city of the 2008 Summer Olympics, will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics if it hosts the Winter Olympics next year.
Human rights groups and some members of the U.S. Congress are calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Beijing Winter Olympics and change the venue if China does not stop its crackdown on the Xinjiang Uyghurs and Muslim minorities.
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