Pro-China protests to take place in Auckland this weekend
Local Chinese plan rally to back Games
Auckland's mainland Chinese community has planned a pro-Olympic demonstration this Sunday against the anti-China protests which are following the Olympic torch. "It will be a gathering of people who are proud of our country, and of it being the first time that China will be taking centre stage as Olympic hosts," said organiser Johnson Yuan, 22. At least 400 people have registered to take part in this weekend's demonstration at Aotea Square, which Mr Yuan, an Auckland University research assistant, said is aimed at promoting China and the Olympics "in a positive light". Last month, Mr Yuan organised a protest against New Zealand and Western media organisations, alleging they "distorted" coverage of the unrest in Tibet and for "painting China black". Chinese international student Reggie Ji, 21, said nationalistic feelings were running high among the Chinese because of the Olympics, and it was his "pride of China" that had made him register to take part. "We are sick of the lies, and for being put down by Western countries," he said. "This time, we Chinese can stand together as one to show that we are proud of our country, and that we are a united people who are proud of the Olympics." The Auckland protest follows a series of anti-Western demonstrations by Chinese nationals around the world as nationalistic feelings come to the fore.
These are not 'Pro-Olympic' protests, they are pro-Chinese protests, none of the language used by the organisers suggests that this is anything other than a whitewash pr campaign for the largest dictatorship in the world. The question is will there be a protest group there to meet them - can local Human Rights groups allow this pro-china rally to go unchallenged?