PMLC threatens to call for Chinese Olympics boycott

Oct 8, 2007 (DVB), The People's Movement Leader Committee has threatened to call for a boycott of the 2008 Olympics if China uses its veto in the United Nations Security Council again to block action on Burma.

The group issued a statement which said that China's protection of the Burmese military government has enabled the junta to continue its suppression of demonstrations.

"If China continues acting in this way, we would like to warn them we will campaign to get all six billion people of the world to boycott the upcoming Beijing Olympics, and also all Chinese products," the statement said.

"[China] doesn’t care if it sees millions of Burmese people sinking into poverty – in fact they are only interested in making profits for themselves by dealing with the Burmese government. We will do what we can to the best of our abilities. The Burmese people would not tolerate it this time if China uses its veto again," the statement continued.

Some political and human rights groups have already called for a boycott of the 2008 games in response to China's refusal to condemn the actions of the Burmese government in suppressing recent demonstrations.

Reporting by Aye Nai

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