"I find that my conscience cannot allow me to continue with business as usual. At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur."The press release continues and says:
For me, the Olympic Games represent an ideal of brotherhood designed to bridge cultural and political divides. I am committed to building bridges between peoples and I saw, and continue to see, the Beijing Games as an opportunity to help ease some of the tensions in the world.Darfur activists around the world are very excited about this move. This is not a boycott of the
Olympics, but an effort to raise awareness about China's role both good and bad (mostly bad) in the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of individuals in central Africa.
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