12 November 2005


Beijing unveils Olympic mascots

I found this on the BBC news website earlier. It seems Beijing has announced it will have five official mascots, including the Tibetan antelope, for the 2008 Olympic games inorder to "reflect the cultural diversity of China as a multiethnic country".

Whilst it's fantastic that Tibetans are being represented in such a prestigious international event, I can't help but feel that this is a cheap attempt by the Chinese government to legitimise the occupation and divert attention away from their on going repression in Tibet. It's also a far cry from the representation the Tibetans deserve, which is their own national team at the games.

Check out the picture and full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4430260.stm

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