The only thing necessary for the persistence of evil is for enough good people to do nothing

The Olympic Flame

Via Reuters

Here is a list of planned stops for the flame’s 85,000 mile (137,000 kilometer) route across five continents to the Games.

March 24-30: Olympic torch lit in Olympia, Greece, site of ancient Olympics. Travels across Greece; heads to China.

March 31: Flame arrives in Beijing; heads to central Asia: Almaty, Kazakhstan, (April 1, 2), Istanbul, Turkey, (April 3).

April 5: Crosses Europe from St Petersburg, Russia, (April 5), to London (April 6) and Paris (April 7).

April 9: San Francisco; then from North to South America and across to Africa: Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 11), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, (April 13), Muscat, Oman, (April 14).

April 16: Asia leg kicks off in Islamabad, Pakistan (April 16), New Delhi, India (April 17), Bangkok, Thailand (April 19), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (April 21), Jakarta, Indonesia (April 22).

I wrote a fair bit about the 2004 Olympics in Greece (do a search for Olympics in my sidebar), so I’m not going to repeat myself here. The one post that I would like to point you, to is this one. It is about the Olympic charter and the ideals of the games as opposed to what actually happens.

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  1. George
    March 26, 2008    

    DD, what did you think of the tibet protest? Do you think the Greek police allowed them to do that. There was supposedly 1000 police in Olympia to protect the delegation so how could the Tibetans have snuck thru.

    I’m curious to hear what others think?

  2. Xenos
    March 26, 2008    

    As I have understood, it was mainly French Reporters without borders who got through the security checks, and they were protesting about human rights abuses (in general) by China. The Tibetans were more successful after the ceremony, on the streets where the flame was being carried.

    The Greek police reacted fairly quickly, maybe a little too quickly concerning the right to protest…

    The Chinese media blocked all reporting of the protests (including BBC and other foreign media), so they are unknown inside China. At least one Greek channel also edited out the protests, and generally the Greek media understated the importance of the demonstrations, preferring to focus on the fake Ancient Greek ceremony…

  3. March 26, 2008    

    Do I think the Greek police allowed the protest to happen ? No.

    What I think happened (personal opinion) is that the police were not prepared for the possibility of a protest of that kind (ie they were not from the leftie-arnarcho-hippy lot).

    Why I do not know…given the noise that has been made on behalf of Tibet. A mixture of incompetence and arrogance in a way.

    And I don’t think they were all Tibetans. They were a group from Reporters without Borders as far as I know ?

    Interesting to me is that in China, the protest passed by unnoticed.