Friday, April 18, 2008

Protesters not welcome here, say vast majority of Hong Kong people

An extract from a section of an article by Bonnie Chen is given below:

Keep politics out of the Olympics and your hands off the torch! Thats the overwhelming message to would-be demonstrators on the Hong Kong leg of the controversy-plagued relay.

More than 93 percent of people in a Chinese University survey said they hoped the Hong Kong torch relay would be peaceful.

More than two-thirds, or 70 percent, disagreed with calls for the Games to be treated as an opportunity to press Beijing to improve human rights or to discuss the Tibet issue.

Eighty-nine percent disagreed with appeals to boycott the Games opening ceremony as a means to put pressure on China.

Ninety-two percent agreed the Beijing Olympics is a precious occasion for the Chinese people.

Nearly 60 percent felt China's international image had improved along with organizing the Olympics.

In addition, 12.9 percent said they would be watching the relay, with 37.7 percent saying they would like to so do. The survey involved 1,020 people.

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