Earlier today, some “Free Tibet” crowds and stereotypical Frenchmen decided to crash the apolitical Olympic torch relay. Many of them just protested and gave the torch runners a very hard time while a few were dumb enough to bring fire extinguishers to kill the Olympic flame.
That’s smart. Really, really smart guys. Even if you guys manage to extinguish the Olympic flame and brag all about it in the name of human rights or Tibet, nothing will change in Tibet before, during and after the fact. Actually the Olympic flame was extinguished three times during the Paris leg of the relay and they had to resort to secure backup flames to keep the momentum going.
In one instance, rioters ruthlessly attack a handicapped female torch bearer, who attempts to shield the torch with her body. This is simply disgusting, filthy, vile, and contemptible especially from the “Free Tibet” movement.
Was Tibet magically liberated as a result of these Olympic “riots” with monks, nuns, and nomads singing and dancing while clubbing random Han Chinese to death? I think not; but random Chinese people and private property are still being ravaged by pissed-off Tibetans.
It’s really one thing to protest at the Chinese government for mistreating them. I really have no objections to Tibetans doing a peaceful, non-violent protest targeted specifically at government buildings or uniformed officials. Hell, I would even back them or write to support the Tibetans if they actually went about their struggle in this manner.
But no, these kids just took the easy way out. First possibly at the covert approval of the Dalai Lama and the CIA, disgruntled Tibetans started first destroying businesses and private property in various cities, randomly attacked anyone who was either Chinese or did not “look” Tibetan, yet avoided confronting the government they so loathed. Seriously, this is just a cop out and a move to simply bait the Chinese government into a violent reaction, which worked to an extent.
Things got so bad that not even a sane Tibetan bothered to go out in the streets for fear of being randomly attacked, and some Tibetans went out of their way to put up white flags near their property to let others know they really are Tibetan (so they won’t get thrashed).
Ultimately, the people in France who wanted to see this rare relay missed out, and the “Free Tibet” activists claim another hollow victory. It’s a hollow victory because there are no immediate positive outcomes and no long-term benefits to Tibetans despite the empty claims of victory. It will only reaffirm the CCP’s need to take stronger measures against Tibetans and it may even generate disgust at their movement from non-Chinese.