For the week of Feb. 20, 2022:
Beijing 2022 is over, the most-controversial Olympics since 1936.
Human rights activists concerned about the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Uyghurs, Tibetans and Hong Kongers boycotted NBC and CBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. The TV ratings were a disappointment.
On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, special guest David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, says China was the dream host for the International Olympic Committee, which cares only about running the Games on time and being paid on time.
“[The Chinese government will] literally move mountains, cut down forests, pump water into a desert — wastewater in a desert — to create snow,” Mulroney said. “Because they will suppress any rights to make sure that the city is quiescent, the people, there are no protests.”
What was Xi Jinping’s message to the world?
“We can be committing a genocide, and you’re still going to come because we’re that powerful,” Mulroney said. “We’re so big, that if we have these Games, everybody better turn out and everybody will turn up.”
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