EU Today: Brussels: calls mount for boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

There has been much discussion of the possibility of a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics, due to be hosted in Beijing in February.

The deteriorating human rights situation in China – forced organ harvesting, the imprisonment and persecution of Muslim Uyghur minorities, suppression of the media, the draconian “National Security Law” imposed on the citizens of Hong Kong on June 30th of last year and enforced with chilling brutality – may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Recent debate on the wisdom of handing the Chinese Communist Party a propaganda coup has drawn parallels with the Berlin Olympic Games of 1936 – ‘Hitler’s Olympics” – during which the Nazi leader basked in attention just three years before the outbreak of the Second World War, and his programme of extermination of Jews, Gypsies, disabled people, and other minority groups – Holocaust.

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