"Beijing Olympic Games 2008" Beijing by Princess_Emily

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Will the Beijing Olympic Games happen in 2008?

Unrest erupted two weeks before China's Olympic celebrations kick off with the start of the torch relay, which is scheduled to pass through Tibet.
The Dalai Lama emphasised that he still supported Beijing's staging of the Olympic Games this summer, saying it was an opportunity for the Chinese to show their support for the principle of freedom.

There have been discussions of a possible international boycott of the Games, though the European Union and the United States have so far said they opposed the idea.

The official lighting of the Olympic flame is set for Monday 24 March 2008 in Greece, and some 1,000 police will surround Ancient Olympia to keep away pro-Tibetan protesters from the ceremony. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge is scheduled to attend.

Some fear the arrival of the Olympic torch, scheduled to travel through 20 countries before the Beijing Olympics open on Aug. 8, 2008 could spark violent protests against China.

  • Last visit to Beijing: Mar 2008
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    Apr 5, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    You were in Beijing Emily! How cool is that! Hans and I are looking forward to seeing you again next month in Karlsruhe. xxx Lori

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