Protesters Interrupt Olympic Torch-Lighting Ceremony

Activists interrupted the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics torch-lighting ceremony by doing a series of protests on Monday, October 18.

Activists called for a boycott of the event in different ways while invited authorities such as Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach watched. 

Some of the protesters held up banners that read “No Genocide Games.” Protesters also raised a Tibetan flag after an actress that portrayed a high priestess at the Temple of Hera lit the torch. 

Police hastily diverted the protesters from the premises so the ceremony was not disrupted and had continued on. 

The Hellenic Olympic Committee of Greece (HOC) said that setting the Olympic Flame ablaze symbolized 3,000 years of the country’s history dedicated to peace, but was disappointed by how the affair had turned out. 

HOC said, “While the HOC respects individual rights to freedom of expression, it is disappointing that this traditional cultural event has been used by a few individuals for other purposes.”

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