It is as horrible to Bernaard, as it is to anyone with a minimal sense of justice, to see the Olympic torch pass through the streets of Lhasa with thousands of people dancing and celebrating to the tones and rhythms of the authoritarian Chinese regime.
How could the Olympic committee accept that the torch passed through occupied territory—a country in which ethnic Tibetans have been suppressed and killed? Did the committee not realise that this is a victory to the dictators of China, an acceptance of China’s ethnic cleansing of Tibet? Perhaps the committee has been convinced by Chinese propaganda claiming that Tibet has been Chinese all the time? (Which is nothing but one of several lies generated by the Chinese system.)