Olympic campaign protest greets Tour de France arrival in Paris



    MONTREAL, July 28 /CNW Telbec/ - With less than two weeks to go to the
start of the Beijing Olympic Games, a large flag showing the Olympic rings as
handcuffs was unfurled today by members of Reporters Without Borders in the
Tuileries Garden in Paris as the Tour de France cyclists went by on the last
leg of the annual bicycle race.
    "The support shown by the Parisian spectators for our protest is evidence
of the exasperation that sports lovers feel about the human rights situation
in China and Tibet," Reporters Without Borders said. "With just 12 days to go
to the 8 August opening ceremony in Beijing, we appeal to sports fans to
protest against the crackdown on free speech activists in China."
    The Olympic rings turned into handcuffs are the symbol of the Reporters
Without Borders Beijing 2008 campaign. Around 100 journalists,
cyber-dissidents, bloggers and netizens are still imprisoned in China. The
Chinese government has not kept the promises to improve respect for human
rights that it made in 2001, when Beijing was chosen to host the 2008
Olympics.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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