This is what happens when you allow the Olympic Games to be held in a communist country. I can't imagine why the monks would take advantage of this opportunity to give their communist oppressors the finger. But we shouldn't boycott the games because it would only hurt athletes, don't you know. Mr. Rogge wants to disassociate himself and the Olympics from politics. Good luck with that Jacques - let us know how that works out for you. In the meantime we should walk away from this cluster now (emphasis added):
"International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge poured cold water Saturday on calls for a boycott of the Summer Games in Beijing over China's crackdown in Tibet, saying it would only hurt athletes.
"We believe that the boycott doesn't solve anything," Rogge told reporters on this Caribbean island. "On the contrary, it is penalizing innocent athletes and it is stopping the organization from something that definitely is worthwhile organizing."
Demonstrations against Chinese rule in Tibet on Friday—the most violent riots there in nearly two decades—left at least 30 protesters dead, according to a Tibetan exile group. China ordered tourists out of Tibet's capital and troops patrolled the streets on Saturday.
On a six-day tour of the Caribbean, Rogge expressed condolences for the victims and said he hopes calm will be restored immediately. He declined to say whether the committee would change its stance if violence continues or more people are killed.
"The International Olympic Committee has consistently resisted calls for a boycott of the Olympic games," Rogge said."