The international torch relay has always been a tradition of the Olympic Games and has always been endowed with peace, harmony and friendship. Recent remonstrations in several destinations for the relay have, however, disrupted the Games, and more importantly, dampened the enthusiastic spirits of the Chinese to have a successful Olympic Games.
Nevertheless, the disruption may not have proved as effective as the initiatives had expected. It has contaminated the dire target of the Olympics and has mingled politics into it. This is surely not a thing appealing to the host country, let alone the citizens who have endeavored to show the best of themselves to the rest of the world. Have the foreigners forgotten about the Chinese being perseverant in pushing themselves to learn English and making it more convenient for the visitors in term of communication? Even the taxi drivers are putting immense efforts in it, why do they deserve this kind of austere reception? Of course, people who disagree about the way China handle human rights have the freedom of expressing they discontent, but why choose this time? In another way, why can’t they take good use of this opportunity to do it in a peaceful way? Violent acts can surely raise attention of journalists than peaceful protests, but consider the torch-bearers who have well-prepared themselves to receive this massive honour to hold the torch, wouldn’t they feel embarrassed and remorseful, since this is most probably their once-in-a-lifetime experience? While I find the derisive act of the remonstrators resentful, I agree that Chinese has to improve in handling disputes aroused appertaining to human rights. Nonetheless, this is the time for China to demonstrate its development over the past decades. It would be sage to at least voice your opinion in a more suitable and acceptable way, if not at a more suitable time.