O Darfur Olympics apresenta uma alternativa à olimpíada da China: uma apresentação opcional da abertura – chama a atenção à vergonhosa escolha do COI em entregar os jogos olímpicos à China. Artistas como R.E.M., Talib Kweli, Carly Simon estarão doando seus talentos e seu dinheiro para a causa Dream for Darfur.
Para saber o que é esta causa, leia o artigo do The Wall Street Journal, publicado em março de 2007, intitulado “The Genocide Olympics”, por Mia Farrow. Basicamente, a china financia o genocídio de Darfur. Ela também denuncia no seu blog o veto aos seus sites pela China, a negação do visto ao campeão de patinação Joey Cheek e a outros ativistas:
“Government officials have also taken notice of this event. Senator Feingold of Wisconsin, who introduced the Senate Resolution calling for an Olympic Truce for Darfur, said: “China’s decision to revoke Joey Cheek’s visa undermines the spirit of the Olympic Games and China’s role as host. As a world leader deeply engaged in Africa, and as host of the Olympic Games, China has a responsibility and an opportunity to help bring peace to Darfur. I call on the Chinese government to use the Olympic Games to push for an end to the conflicts in Sudan and I call on President Bush to raise this issue specifically with the Chinese government during his visit.”
Importante notar que Switch over To Darfur não é um boicote:
Not a Boycott
Olympic Dream for Darfur is not a boycott campaign, nor does it support a boycott of the Olympics.
Our goal is to leverage the Olympics to urge China to use its influence with the Sudanese regime to allow a robust civilian protection force into Darfur. China is in a unique position to do so: as Sudan’s strongest political and economic partner, as well as the host of the Olympics.
Our campaign supports the Olympics and believes in the ideal of the Olympic Games as a symbol of peace and international cooperation. Our campaign believes that the sports arena is the best forum for countries to “do battle” and we do not advocate withdrawal by any nation from this essential and important forum.
An Olympic boycott, or the threat of boycott, can only create serious divisions within the ranks of countries and constituencies that, like our campaign, care about Darfur and the ideals of peace represented by the Olympics. A boycott also punishes athletes, their families, and spectators around the world.
Bring the Olympic Dream to Darfur
Our campaign has one central ask: “China Please: Bring the Olympic Dream to Darfur.” We are appealing to China, in its role as host of the Games and close partner of Sudan, to use its considerable influence with Khartoum to protect civilians.
Olympic Dream for Darfur applauds that China won the bid to host the Olympics. We commend China’s willingness to work within the international community, and praise the energy and care China has devoted to hosting a celebratory Olympics.
We do believe, however, that with the privilege of hosting the Olympics come responsibilities, including the obligation to live up to the spirit of the Olympics, which means acting as a global leader for peace.
Or We Will Bring Darfur to the Olympics
If China does not take decisive and genuine action well before the Games begin, we will use the period before the Games – and the Games themselves – as a platform to advocate peace in Darfur. If we cannot “Bring the Olympic Dream to Darfur,” we will “Bring Darfur to the Olympic Dream,” making the horrific crisis in Darfur a significant and unavoidable presence at the Games themselves.
The United Nations has called what is happening in Darfur the “greatest humanitarian catastrophe” in the world today. There would be no greater example of the Olympic spirit at work than to alleviate the endless suffering in western Sudan.
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