Political Protest At Winter Olympics Is Punishable, China Warns

Officials overseeing 2022 Winter Olympics are sending out a warning against demonstrations and political protests during competition.

One official said athletes could be punished for action that “violates the Olympic spirit” particularly any behavior that goes “against Chinese laws and regulations” on human rights.

“Any expression that is in line with the Olympic spirit I’m sure will be protected and anything and any behavior or speeches that is against the Olympic spirit, especially against Chinese laws and regulations, are subject to certain punishment,” said Yang Shu, deputy director general of the Beijing Games international relations department, when asked about athletes speaking out on humanitarian issues during the games, according to Reuters.

Yang said that accreditation cancellation is on the list of possible punishments for violations.

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