Now that the circus has moved on the Chinese will get stuck into Tibet, the western provinces, people who dared protest their eviction in Beijing.
If we want the excitement of the Olympics in an oppressive totalitarian society then we must also take some responsibility for what happens when the media leaves. We cannot simply leave China’s most vulnerable to their fate now that we have had our fun and glory. The world has bolstered China’s pride and its economy.
Legitimate protest now needs to remind China that oppression comes with economic costs. At the very least we need to monitor and respond to the human rights situation with the same level of attention we gave to the Olympics.
J.L. Herrera (Mrs)