Many Australians, including Olympic legend Dawn Fraser, Australian National University Professor Geremie Barme and one of this blog’s commenters named Aodaliyaren have openly expressed their contempt for the publicity stunts of the Beijing Olympics’ public relations agencies. These stunts are deliberate attempts to obfuscate the Chinese government’s unwillingness to fulfil its Olympic promise to cease its intransigent habits of human rights violations and to peacefully resolve ethnic tension in Tibet and Xinjiang.
The latest publicity stunt involves the exploitation of a disabled torchbearer named Jin Jing. A commenter who posts under the name Aodaliyaren (or Australian) has described the stunt as a “fiasco”. He calls into question the motive of publicizing Jin Jing’s story when he recounts the discrimination he experienced in Beijing as a disabled person. Aodaliyaren’s personal experience corraborates that of Australia’s greatest Olympian, Dawn Fraser, who recently announced her decision to boycott the Beijing Olympics. According to her interview with the Daily Telegraph:
Fraser denounced China’s attitude to the disabled, revealing she had seen disabled athletes being spat on in the streets of Beijing.
“The Chinese people didn’t recognise the disabled athletes,” the five-time Olympic Gold medallist said.
“Athletes got spat on by people on the street while they were there.”
Fraser revealed her horror at witnessing the demeaning treatment of disabled athletes under her care during university games in the mid-1990s.
One of Australian’s widely acknowledged China experts, Geremie Barme from the Australian National University (ANU), has used the word “sickening” to describe the way the Chinese Government and its Olympics public relations agencies have attempted to manipulate public opinion and falsely promote the Beijing Olympics as “peaceful” Games:
At the ANU in Canberra, China expert Geremie Barme says Chinese coverage of the torch relay has been “pretty grim”, with the emphasis on “protecting the sacred flame” as a matter of pride and patriotism, while throwing a blanket over any mention of human rights abuses in Tibet.
“It’s unpleasant in the extreme for those of us who lived through the Cultural Revolution (and) have lived through all the ructions ever since,” he says.
“It’s pretty disheartening. It’s actually … I find it physically sickening.”
Here is a word of warning for the CCP propaganda machine and its Western collaborators: you might be able to manipulate public opinion within China, but you will not be able to deceive the rest of the world. We are sickened in the stomach by your lies. Our rejection of the torch relay is only a start. The worst, for you, is yet to come. The avalanche has begun, and it will not end until it has finished its natural course. As for those Western public relations agencies who have orchestrated this debacle, I am not sure you yet understand the extent of damage, or its implications. But as a matter of basic humanity, I hope for your sakes that you will be able to escape from danger zone before disaster strikes. I have my doubts that you will be able.