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Tibet-IOC-China-2015"No more Bloody Games" - Young Tibetan activists stage IOC protest as Beijing makes pitch for 2022 Olympics

10 June 2015, Lausanne: Activists of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE) staged a protest at the Lausanne Palace Hotel, where representatives of the Chinese Government met with the Olympics committee to present their bid proposal for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The event, however, was disrupted by protestors carrying a banner with five bullet holes in place of the Olympic rings. The protestors while shouting slogans urging the committee to "Stop Beijing 2022", re-enacted a scene in which a Chinese police officer beats a Tibetan protestor holding the Tibetan national flag.

Among the protestors was Tibetan monk and torture victim Golog Jigme, who was detained in 2008 for his controversial film "Leaving Fear Behind". The film documented several ordinary Tibetan's reproach to,what they considered, hypocritical Chinese policies that were enacted in the year of the Beijing Olympics Games. This occurred despite the insistence of the IOC that the 2008 games would help improve the human right situation in Tibet and China. The protest on Wednesday saw Jigme calling on the IOC to reject China's bid. "I stand here today as a witness of Chinese repression in Tibet. But this is not only about me. Many Tibetan human rights defenders and protestors were jailed and killed in 2008," said Golog Jigme who has been living in Switzerland since January.

Addressing the IOC President, President Thomas Bach, Jigme further remarked, "If the Olympic Games 2022 should be awarded to China again you will be co-responsible for such atrocities. If you cannot support us, don't treat us like toys for the sake of flattering the Chinese Communist Party. We the Tibetan people are also citizens of this world and our dignity and rights must be respected."

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong of the State Council has been part of Beijing's delegation in Lausanne. As a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party, her presence is a strong indication of the high political importance China places on winning the games.

Palmo Brunner, protestor and Vice-President of the TYAE, said, "Here in Switzerland we can express our views freely, something that is sadly not possible for our brothers and sisters inside Tibet due to Chinese oppression. Today Liu Yandong has no other choice than to face our protest and views here in a free country. We, the young Tibetans in Switzerland, will not sit by and quietly watch China being rewarded again for its repression in Tibet!"

In March, Tibet campaigners sent a report to the IOC and IOC members, outlining how the 2008 Beijing Olympics not only failed to lead to any improvement in human rights situation in China and Tibet but also emboldened China to increase its repressive crackdown.

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