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Protests at Argentine torch rally

Protesters have gathered in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, where the Olympic torch is being paraded.

Authorities are mounting a major security operation, keen to avoid the disruption that marred the flame’s progress through the UK, US and France. Several thousand police and marshals have lined the 13km (8-mile) route the torch will follow through Buenos Aires.

But anti-China activists protesting against the Beijing Games have promised “entertaining surprises”. Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri lit the torch and held it aloft on Friday as hundreds of sporting enthusiasts applauded. But activist Jorge Carcavallo unfurled a giant banner on the torch route reading “Free Tibet”. And members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, which is banned in China, lit their own “human rights torch” and marched along the route the flame was to take.

Every new city shows what the people of this world think about the embarrassment Olympics, so Mr. Rogge how do you feel now? It was your choice!

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Beijing wants to keep politics out

The International Olympic Committee is ending a week of meetings overshadowed by violent protests against the torch relay for the Beijing Games.

With the Olympic flame in Argentina, IOC officials were discussing how future relays should be handled. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told China he will not attend the Games opening ceremony in Beijing in August.

The IOC president said protests at the relay in London, Paris and San Francisco had created a “crisis”. Speaking on Thursday, Jacques Rogge also urged China to respect its “moral engagement” to improve human rights. But Beijing told the IOC to keep politics out of the Games.

Indeed, but what happens with politics entering the Olympics? And they have done so for the last …let me see 70 years when Nazis organized the Olympic games in 1938.

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Ki-moon to miss Olympics opening

My god or better my Buddha …he woke up! UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, an aide has said. The decision was due to “schedule issues” and had been made months ago, said UN spokeswoman, Marie Mukabe.

Meanwhile, Buenos Aires is braced for Friday’s Olympic torch relay after anti-China protests in other cities. Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai has withdrawn from the torch relay’s Tanzanian leg, due to concerns over human rights in China.

The BBC’s Laura Trevelyan said the UN was anxious not to give the impression that Mr. Ban’s absence was a boycott of the Games. Ms Mukabe said Mr. Ban “had conveyed to the [Chinese] government some months ago that he may not be in a position to accept the invitation to attend this important event due to schedule issues”.

This means the decision was made before violent anti-Beijing protests in and around Tibet last month that were suppressed by a heavy security presence.

Late as always to everything I have to admit Ki-moon surprised me with this decision even though I would expect him to be more …UN and say why he really doesn’t go, emphasize that whatever UN stands for there is one country member of the security council that ignores and violates them!

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Obama calls for Beijing boycott

Barack Obama has called on US President George W Bush to boycott the opening of the Beijing Olympics if China fails to improve its human rights record.

The Democratic presidential hopeful made his call a day after a similar appeal by his rival, Hillary Clinton. The US stage of the Olympic torch relay passed off amid confusion and tight security in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The route was totally changed at the last minute and the closing ceremony took place on a motorway fly-over. Throughout the route, the torch-bearers were immersed in a cocoon of security, surrounded by dozens of police officers and track-suited Chinese guards.

Is it just me or has anybody else notice that this man makes announcement that he knows will bring controversy and votes after he makes sure that a lot of voices have said the same from all the sides?

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Beijing Olympics under question

And with all these things going on in China with the Tibet issue getting bigger day after day it was natural that there will come the first to suggest boycotting Beijing Olympic Games. What’s coming next is how strong this voice will become and how the governments are going to deal with this including the Chinese government; don’t forget that in the past athletes have demonstrated in many ways their political …views!

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