Rule One: Create a Diversion
Rule Two: Sneak the torch that represents a greater cause into a back alley, escorted by a battalion of police motorcycles, a phalanx of ant-riot officers in full gear and half of the chinese security mafia mixed with “white” undercover agents in the same outfits.
It was an interesting Day in San Francisco.
Gavin Newsome: scored points if he wants to run for mayor of Taiwain. In San Francisco he may be in trouble much like the Chinese consolute that shipped in Chinese supporters from around the state to anti-protest the protesters.
A quagmire all around that only shows the pit China is sinking into with their attempt to host these games. It makes one think whether the rulers of China believe their own propaganda or whether they think the rest of the world only hears their version of reality. That is the question.
Too many wonderful events did occur in SF beyond the intitial press details, but just a few:
a) Tibetan monks marched accross the Golden Gate Bridge in Peace . . . as Chinese imported “Demonstrators” stormed the parade route attacking and confronting any person or car that they saw with a Tibetan flag.
b) An Official Torch Bearer from Brooklyn, bless her soul, pulled out a Tibetan Flag tucked in her sleeve and was immediately grabbed by the Chinese Security Thugs who took the torch away and shoved her to police who pushed her into the crowd as if she was a discarded condom. So much for self expression. Are not flags of all nations a part of the Olympics? If she had pulled out a Chinese flag would the same treatment been given her? Kind of pathetic the way the SF Police, which is already been criticized for years for its gestapo tactics and lack of control on crime, seemed to be acting much like a China in training.
c) The torch which changed routes at the last minute did not go along the beautiful waterfront but instaed went down the most unflattering SF street, Van Ness, before avoiding all people pro or con on China or the Olympic Torch and making a hasty drive to the Airport where the official “Moment” picture with Us OLympic Meastro Peter Ueberoth and a Chinese Olympic Official is in an Airport terminal. So classy. About as classy as giving the CHinese the Olympics and not holding them to their pledge to improve human rights.
p.s. – above pic is the woman brave enough to pull a Tibetan flag out during her run, which was VERY BRIEF. Also a man in wheelchair with the torch had a Team Tibet mini flag on his wrist that he thrust in the air frequently but was probably not noticed or thrown into the crowd due to his wheelchair-boundess.