Thursday, March 20, 2008

Olympic Spirit

Next week the Olympic torch will be lit in Greece and its journey to the site of the next Games begun. According to Girlhacker, the US has chosen only one city for the torch to visit this trip: San Francisco.

San Francisco is not called Little Beirut by the Bush family (unlike my home town), but it is nevertheless renowned for its protest-happy populace. Why is the torch going there, and only there? Could it be that somebody *wants* protests? The USOC says no:

"We absolutely anticipated that (in San Francisco), but that freedom of expression is something we very much stand for as a country," said Darryl Seibel, spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

And the City of San Francisco is taking steps:
City leaders organizing the event are keeping secret even the most basic details, including its route and the time it starts, because of fears that protesters critical of the Chinese government will disrupt or stop it.
[...]
Because of the controversy generated by China hosting the Olympics, city officials coordinating the main torch relay event plan to designate areas for people to protest the Chinese government or other issues. The designated "free-speech zones" have been used at large events in other cities but have not had a significant presence in San Francisco.

Yeah, I think that's gonna go over well.

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