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Presence of Bush and (probably) Sarkozy at opening ceremony called “stab in back” for China’s dissidents

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders appeals now for demonstrations outside Chinese embassies all over the world during the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 8 August. With a month to go to the Beijing Olympics, around 100 journalists, cyber-dissidents, bloggers and Internet users are imprisoned in China. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News ChinaAsia – Pacific A White House announcement that US President George W. Bush will attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 8 August in Beijing and the probability, according to French media reports, that French President Nicolas Sarkozy will also attend were condemned today by Reporters Without Borders as “a capitulation and stab in the back for China’s dissidents.””President Sarkozy promised to consult his European partners before taking a decision but he clearly has not done so, just as he did not keep his election campaign promises not to pursue a ‘realpolitik’ and to put human rights at the heart of his programme,” the press freedom organisation said.”Sarkozy also conditioned his attendance on a resumption of the dialogue on Tibet, and meetings did indeed take place recently between China and the Dalai Lama’s representatives, but so far there have been no concrete results and Chinese officials have continued their virulent criticism of Tibetan leaders in the press.”Sarkozy and Bush are now depriving themselves of a means of leverage that might have led to the release of imprisoned journalists and human rights activists. We would like to know on what grounds these two presidents have reached their decision. There is still a month to go before the start of the 2008 Olympics. Now is the time for a massive campaign for an improvement in the situation of free expression in China. We appeal now for demonstrations outside Chinese embassies all over the world during the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 8 August.”As we do not have permission to go to China, still less to demonstrate there, we will organise a cyber-demonstration outside a virtual version of Beijing’s Olympic Stadium on our website (www.rsf.org), which will begin on 8 August and will continue throughout the games. Everyone will be able to participate in this protest and express their disagreement with the detention of prisoners of conscience and the continuing crackdown on dissidents.”There has been no improvement in the situation of free expression in recent months and arrests are continuing at the same pace,” Reporters Without Borders added. “Huang Qi, the well-known editor of a human rights website, was arrested in June in Sichuan province, while journalist Sun Lin was given a four-year prison sentence for contributing to a website based outside China.”The announcement that President Bush and his wife will attend the opening ceremony was made yesterday by the White House.The Elys=E9e Palace has said that President Sarkozy will announce “whether or not” he will go to Beijing after meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao during the G-8 summit on 8-9 July in Japan. But the media have quoted various French officials, including France’s ambassador to China, as saying that Sarkozy will definitely be in Beijing on 8 August. Sarkozy has also reportedly said this to his party’s legislators.Reporters Without Borders has for several months been calling for a boycott of the 8 August Olympic Games opening ceremony by heads of state and government and members of royal families. The governments of Poland, Estonia, Austria and the Czech Republic have already announced that they will not send any representative to the opening ceremony. Britain’s Prince Charles was the first to let it be known that he would not go to Beijing for the games.With a month to go to the Beijing Olympics, around 100 journalists, cyber-dissidents, bloggers and Internet users are imprisoned in China. The Chinese authorities have not kept the promises to improve respect for human which they gave in 2001, when Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Olympics. July 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presence of Bush and (probably) Sarkozy at opening ceremony called “stab in back” for China’s dissidents Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

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Hurricane Florence could knock out power for weeks, FEMA warns

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm moving closer to North and South Carolina, will bring wind and waves that may be “nothing like you’ve ever seen,” North Carolina Gov. Ray Cooper said Tuesday.“This storm is a monster,” Cooper told reporters at a news conference. “It’s big and it’s vicious. It is an extremely dangerous, life threatening, historic hurricane.”The storm is forecast to make landfall early morning Friday between midnight and 5 a.m. as a major hurricane.FEMA administrator Brock Long warned that power could be knocked out for weeks.“This has an opportunity of being a very devastating storm,” Long said Tuesday. “The power will be off for weeks. You’re going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas. There will be flooding in the inland areas as well.”One serious danger is flooding.“All the predictions are when it gets to the coast it’ll be moving slow so it’ll be dumping rain on us and North Carolina for a long time,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told “Good Morning America” Tuesday. “This hurricane is big and strong and it’s bigger than Hurricane Hugo, which we had back in 1989.”North Carolina and Virginia could get up to 30 inches of rain while Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., could see more than 10 inches of rain.Storm surge is also a major threat, potentially reaching 12 feet in some areas.As the storm churns ahead with 130 mph winds, states of emergency have been declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland and Washington, D.C.Residents and visitors on South Carolina’s coast were ordered to evacuate Tuesday.Boeing is suspending its operations in South Carolina because of the storm threat.Some coastal areas of North Carolina and Virginia are also under mandatory evacuation orders.Some Virginia inmates are among those evacuating, according to the state’s Department of Corrections.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm moving closer to North and South Carolina, will bring wind and waves that may be “nothing like you’ve ever seen,” North Carolina Gov. Ray Cooper said Tuesday.“This storm is a monster,” Cooper told reporters at a news conference. “It’s big and it’s vicious. It is an extremely dangerous, life threatening, historic hurricane.”The storm is forecast to make landfall early morning Friday between midnight and 5 a.m. as a major hurricane.FEMA administrator Brock Long warned that power could be knocked out for weeks.“This has an opportunity of being a very devastating storm,” Long said Tuesday. “The power will be off for weeks. You’re going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas. There will be flooding in the inland areas as well.”One serious danger is flooding.“All the predictions are when it gets to the coast it’ll be moving slow so it’ll be dumping rain on us and North Carolina for a long time,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told “Good Morning America” Tuesday. “This hurricane is big and strong and it’s bigger than Hurricane Hugo, which we had back in 1989.”North Carolina and Virginia could get up to 30 inches of rain while Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., could see more than 10 inches of rain.Storm surge is also a major threat, potentially reaching 12 feet in some areas.As the storm churns ahead with 130 mph winds, states of emergency have been declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland and Washington, D.C.Residents and visitors on South Carolina’s coast were ordered to evacuate Tuesday.Boeing is suspending its operations in South Carolina because of the storm threat.Some coastal areas of North Carolina and Virginia are also under mandatory evacuation orders.Some Virginia inmates are among those evacuating, according to the state’s Department of Corrections.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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