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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Friends of Canada- India organized a protest against the Beijing Winter Olympics concerning human rights issues in China
  • The organisers expressed that the protest was a great success as people in huge numbers assembled at the venue
  • Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo also involved on growing calls for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics coming months

On Sunday, friends of Canada- India organized a protest in front of Vancouver Convention Centre against the Beijing Winter Olympics concerning human rights issues in China. The demonstrators also urged the restoration of Hong Kong’s greater autonomy controlled by China’s implementation of the draconian national security law in the global financial hub. They further lifted banners written ‘Free Hong Kong’, ‘Fight for freedom’, ‘Stand with HK’.

The organisers expressed that the protest was a great success as people in huge numbers assembled at the venue. China has also been blamed for violating human rights and stifling dissenting voices. It is also confronting allegations of trying to hide the early date related to COVID-19 pandemic. Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is also involved in growing calls for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics in the coming months.

Mike Pompeo tweeted, “The CCP has disappeared reporters writing about Wuhan virus, docs telling the truth about CCP labs, a prof tennis player, Uighurs, Hong Kongers & the head of Interpol. Let’s disappear the Olympics from them and hold it in a place the world can be proud of.”

The summon for boycott has acquired momentum following US President Joe Biden asserted that his administration was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Meanwhile, Biden was enquired about the possibility of a boycott during his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Biden suggested that the boycott could be on cards as he remarked it was something they are considering.

A diplomatic boycott states that the White House will not send a delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies. Nonetheless, the athletes would attend the event. Reports reveal that the United Kingdom is also actively exchanging views on the possibility of not sending officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics.