House Speaker Calls on Bush to Snub Olympic Ceremonies

Pelosi urges move to protest 'oppression'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2008 4:07 AM CDT
Protestors hold placards during a rally denouncing human rights abuses by the Chinese government.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – House speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on President Bush to consider skipping the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in an interview airing today, ABC reports. Pelosi, a fierce critic of China's human rights record, isn't suggesting an American boycott of the games themselves, but. she says that it was a mistake to have ever awarded the Olympics to China.

"If freedom-loving people don't speak out against China's oppression of people in Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak out against any oppressed people," said Pelosi after a recent meeting with the Dalai Lama. The president views the Olympics as a sporting event and plans to attend the kickoff in Beijing, said a White House statement.