The ceremony — which takes place in historic Olympia, the birthplace of the traditional Olympics — was attended by Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and plenty of dignitaries.
The three activists managed to enter the closely policed archaeological website of the traditional stadium and tried to achieve the temple of Hera whereas the ceremony was being extensively televised.
They succeeded in unfurling the banner meters from the temple, waving the Tibetan flag and calling for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics earlier than being stopped by police.
The Video games should be revered as “politically impartial floor,” mentioned IOC President Thomas Bach throughout his speech in historic Olympia.
“The Olympic Video games can’t tackle all of the challenges in our world. However they set an instance for a world the place everybody respects the identical guidelines and each other,” he added.
On Sunday, Greek police detained three protestors in Athens after they unfurled a banner opposing the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on the Acropolis archaeological website.
“Particularly, after coming into the house, they approached the monument of Agrippa and tried to unfurl a big banner and two flags with ideograms and phrases in English,” a Greek police assertion mentioned.
“Their try was not profitable after they have been observed by the guard of the archaeological house who prevented them. They have been subsequently arrested by police.”
A trial has been set to happen in January, Greek police spokesperson Apostolos Skrekas mentioned.
Two of the activists who have been detained have been Tsela Zoksang, an 18-year-old Tibetan-American activist, and 22-year-old Joey Siu, an exiled Hong Kong activist, the group ‘College students for a Free Tibet,’ mentioned in a written assertion. The activists have been launched and are permitted to depart the nation, the group mentioned.
In keeping with ‘College students for a Free Tibet,’ Zoksang and Siu are members of the ‘No Beijing 2022’ marketing campaign, which “is demanding the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) reverse its mistake in awarding Beijing the respect of internet hosting the Winter Olympic Video games in 2022.”
The group mentioned in its assertion that the IOC had “repeatedly ignored the proof of the egregious human rights abuses by China, together with a genocide of the Uyghur individuals, the brutal and unlawful occupation of Tibet, and the extreme and worsening crackdown in opposition to freedom and democracy in Hong Kong.”
Human rights protests had additionally damaged out in the course of the lighting ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Chinese language capital will grow to be the primary metropolis to host each the Summer season and Winter Video games with occasions scheduled to happen from February 4-20, 2022.