Many of the scandals showing fraudulent activities during the Beijing Olympics have already been reported. Gao Xiaolong, head of the ceremony’s visual effects team, revealed to the world that only one out of the 29 footprint shaped fireworks over the National Stadium during the opening ceremony were real fireworks. The other 28 were the product of computer-generated 3D images that took a Chinese firm more than a year to produce.
On top of that, Chen Qigang, musical director for the opening ceremony, disclosed in a TV interview on August 11 that the song “Ode to the Motherland” performed by Lin Miaoke in the opening ceremony was actually a recording of seven-year-old Yang Peiyi’s voice. Better looking Lin replaced plainer Yang, because “we must put our country's interest first," he said. Recently, the lip-synching was reported by The New York Times, CNN and other mainstream media outlets throughout the world, not to mention it raising the hackles of Chinese web-bloggers.
That’s not the end of the forgeries. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claimed that the Olympic Games are a sell-out. Funny, considering several events have been more than 50 percent empty.
The similarities of the Olympic theme song to “The Way to Heaven” by the Swiss band Bandari, have led some to suspect plagiarism. Moreover, some people doubt that Zhang Langlang was even playing the piano considering that he somehow forgot to open the cover of the grand piano he was playing.
Although all of the above events are quite sensational, they aren’t in the least the biggest fraud of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. One of the biggest frauds is the so-called “keeping the stability” of China’s stock market as endlessly claimed by CCP-mouthpieces Xinhua news agency, People’s Daily, most major financial papers, and the leaders of the Securities and Futures Commission.
While they were busy boasting about their massive propaganda frenzy, the authorities didn’t actually issue any good news, nor did they implement strict supervision of the market. Instead, they continued to irresponsibly release new IPO’s, thereby doing even more damage to an under-funded market. In reality, under the banner of “keeping the stock market stable,” the market index has plummeted to a record low each day, having dropped as much as 2400 points at one time. The low volume of trading and the slump in the market is an indication that the public has lost confidence.
What’s even more concerning is the falsified news about the livelihood of Chinese citizens. The CCP closed down a tremendous amount of factories, restricted traffic, and siphoned 1.6 billion cubic meters of water out of neighboring provinces to wash out polluted ditches and keep Beijing supplied with as much as 30 percent more water than it normally consumes.
They even put up posters saying “reduce travel to make room on the streets for foreigners” in Taoranting Park.
In order for the regime to bark about the “prosperity” of blue skies, clear and ample water and smooth traffic, the Chinese people are the ones who have had to suffer from a loss of income, inconveniences in travel, and no water for farm lands.
But maybe even worse than the stock-market scandal is the fallacy of the so-called “harmonious society.” Due to the fact that this matter involves issues as significant as fundamental human rights, it demands attention from the outside world.
Everyone that the CCP deemed to be a so-called a “threat to the success of the Olympics” was either arrested or deported back to their home town before the Games began. These cases range from renowned human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, AIDS activist Hu Jia, more than 8,000 Falun Gong practitioners, migrant workers trying to petition for their rights, out of town college students and foreigners who were either working or studying in Beijing.
Ironically, it’s no surprise that although the CCP set up so-called “protest-zones” where people could freely demonstrate and state their case to the government, the Chinese authorities have detained and arrested the appellants all the same.
To cap the mountain of lies and scandals, whatever happened to the regime’s promise of freedom for foreign journalists and freedom of information on the Internet, among other things?
The image of the “harmonious society” that the Chinese regime has projected to the world is in actuality a detestable information blockade coupled with a myriad of restrictions on personal freedom.
Contrary to the lyrics in the opening ceremony’s “Ode to the Motherland” theme song: “The hero of the people has stood up,” it’s more like, “the hero of the people has been locked up.”
The CCP’s Olympic forgeries are all very obvious to anyone who can look at the matter with even the slightest objectivity. As a matter of fact, this is really testing the most basic common sense and analytical abilities of the 80 countries’ leaders who attended the opening ceremony. Can they truly believe that “harmony” somehow exists without freedom of the press, freedom of information, and freedom to demonstrate? And do they really think that under the endless sea of bayonets held by the police and armed forces in Beijing there is “harmony?”
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