Resisting the Torch

  • Xavier Renou
Part of the Global Culture and Sport book series (GCS)


When the IOC announced that Beijing was to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the Tibetan cause was almost dead in France. Traditionally active organizations were quiet, demonstrations weren’t attracting protesters; neither the press nor the public authorities were showed much concern, with the only narrative being the huge economic opportunity represented by the Chinese market, in terms of available labour and potential consumers. But the expected exceptional level of media coverage for the Olympic Games, added to the involvement of a large number of political, economic and cultural actors in the organization of the Games, convinced a handful of pro-Tibet activists that the event could be instrumentalized to both mobilize supporters and raise general public awareness.


Chinese Regime Olympic Game Civil Disobedience Chinese Official News Bulletin 
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