Olympic Politics in Buenos Aires…Or Lack Thereof

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Since my time in Buenos Aires, I completely forgot about the Olympic games. Until I turned on the T.V and watched protesters gather in France to yell FREE TIBET. I am impressed by the ingenuity of protesters who put huge signs on the Golden Gate Bridge. Its an interesting thing to see on the television here.

The torch will be in Buenos Aires on Thursday, and I can’t wait to see what people do here. Most people are clueless about the events in Tibet, which was not well explained by the news. What surprises me most is that newscasters seemed to bear no bias for or against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. In fact, there was not any disapproval placed on behalf of China’s hosting of the Olympic games. Personally, I’m rarely going to support human rights abuses, neither shall I say that if a person is given the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Games that he or she should boycott it because of China’s foreign policy. For me, the politics of China is one thing, and the international celebration that is culminated in the Olympic Games is quite another. I’m pondering this, continuing to watch the news, and waiting for Thursday, to see if anyone protests in Buenos Aires. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to see the torch pass by my house. It would make me proud.

The Phoenix