House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told U.S. athletes on Thursday that were attending the Winter Olympics in China to ‘compete’ and not to ‘risk incurring the anger of the Chinese government because they are ruthless.’
As The New York Post reports:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday urged US athletes competing in the Beijing Winter Olympics to keep mum on China’s human rights abuses because the country’s government is “ruthless.”
Pelosi issued the warning during testimony at a Congressional-Executive Commission on China. She acknowledged the US has a moral obligation to condemn the rights violations – but insisted the Olympic games were not the proper venue for athletes to voice their concerns.
“If we do not speak out against human rights violations in China, because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out against human rights violations anywhere,” Pelosi said.
But addressing athletes, she added: “Do not risk incurring the anger of the Chinese government because they are ruthless.”
Human Rights groups have repeatedly criticized the Chinese Communist regime for its’ consistent record of violating human rights, in particular the rights of the Uyghur people, which many have compared to genocide.