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International Olympic Committee president confirms there will be protest zones set up at Sochi

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  1. Yeah, tiny little places far away from the main event so that nobody can see what is going on. I guess permission will first need to be obtained from Russian authorities first. And they will all pretend ignorance when the state’s unofficial enforcers, like the “occupy pedophilia” group, seem to always get to these places before the people doing the protesting do.
    I don’t trust the IOC any more, and I don’t trust any deal made by the Russian government. And I especially do not trust the IOC saying it has made a deal with the Russian government.

  2. Neon Genesis 10 Dec 2013, 10:18pm

    So they’re going to put the activists out of sight and out of mind?

  3. How big and how intimidating will the police presence be and what happens to any Russian protestors after the games have packed up and gone off to the next money making country?

  4. There is zero goodwill being generated by the Sochi Olympics, it’s already a disaster.

  5. Hamlet’s soliloquy seems appropriate here.

    To be, or not to be, that is the question:
    Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
    The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
    Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them

  6. Be wary of Germans setting up “Protest Zones”.

    Read up on your history from the 1930s people.

  7. Stronfemme 11 Dec 2013, 2:09am

    The saying beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing refers to someone who may appear to be helpful and nice, but in reality their intentions are not good.
    Such people feel that by giving the illusion that they are trying to help you, in reality they are using you to get something they want at your expense.
    Ring any bells?

  8. Christopher Coleman 11 Dec 2013, 4:45am

    With luck there will be severe rain and no snow.

  9. It is NOT respecting the freedom to assemble and peaceably protest if the time, location, subject and duration of a protest is overseen and mandated by governments or private bodies.

    Saying “yes, you can protest, but only when and where we say so” is NOT democratic freedom.

    I’m not surprised by this at all though, the IOC is clearly bigoted itself, much like the immature Fifa – full of old men who think like children and don’t give a damn about anything as long as they’re cashing in.

    I would like to say a massive F**K YOU to the competing athletes who don’t speak out, to the sponsors who are ignoring this hate and bigotry, the members of the IOC breaching their own charter, the Russian government, and especially Putin. They may be able to silence people on the ground in Sochi, but they cannot silence millions around the world.

  10. The best protest zone will be on a podium as an athlete receives their medal. I mean seriously what are they going to do – arrest them? It’d be like a scene out of the hunger games.

  11. We should be emailing Olympic broadcasters (i.e. BBC) now and asking them to accurately and honestly cover protests during the Olympics on their main news broadcasts.

    The Russian authorities will no doubt try to shield any protest from the world’s media but they are so heavy handed and, let’s face it, neanderthal in their approach to policing that their intervention will in itself be a spectacle.

    Unfortunately they don’t seem to care what the world thinks, so an ‘Olympic boycott’ and perhaps some ‘artful attention’ to brands and logos of sponsors, like Coke, who have refused to take any action may be useful. It will serve to remind them that their cash lust over the Olympics will only work if the brand comes out of the sponsorship looking better than when it went in. If Coke’s logo was seen in shot wherever the police were seen beating protestors I wonder how they would react? ‘Beatings: Sponsored by Coke’. ‘Have a Coke: Have no freedom of speech’.

  12. Stephen Mead 12 Dec 2013, 12:04am

    Oct 21

    Want to support the athletes who have trained so hard to compete in the Winter Olympics?
    Want to send a message of support to the LGBT people of Russia?
    Not happy with Vladimir Putin’s human rights abuses?

    Thank you!

  13. the zones will be a
    Communards’ wall (
    where the protesters will be executed by a firing squad.

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