Are we repeating the mistakes of history? David Kilgour, a Canadian human rights champion, addresses Chinese repression in a speech in the UK. Note the alarming parallel to the rising Third Reich and their exploitation of the Olympics.
[sign]Dr. Sev Ozdowski, the former Australian Human Rights Commissioner who was raised in Poland, recently noted that the Third Reich used the 1936 Berlbp2.blogger.com/_I-pflVBjNXU/R9r41GPuAXI/AAAAAAAABIQ/-FhZa0tpm1s/s200/David+Nazi2.jpgin Olympics for similar purposes. He adds that in 1936 Hitler’s dictatorship was already well established, including political executions without trial and the racist Nuremberg Laws of September 1935, which removed all civil liberties from German Jews. Despite many such omens of what was yet to come, Ozdowski notes correctly, “the Western democracies decided to overlook these developments in the name of unity of Olympic spirit.”
[LEFT]In 2006, the most recent year for which figures are available, there were more than twice as many arrests in China as the previous year for the ‘offence of endangering state security’. The number jumped to 604 arrests in 2006 from 296 in 2005.[/LEFT]