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Singapore PM warns Olympic protests will have 'consequences' by angering Chinese people

Singapore PM warns Olympic protests will have 'consequences' by angering Chinese people

Singapore's prime minister warned Friday that recent protests along the Olympic torch relay have angered the Chinese public and will create "consequences" beyond the games themselves.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the people of China are viewing the protests as an affront to their country during what should be "China's coming-out party, to celebrate its progress" and opening up to the world.
"Whatever the intentions of the demonstrators, the people of China believe they want to inflict maximum humiliation on China and the Chinese people more than the Chinese government," Lee said at a forum in Singapore, according to a government statement.
The Olympic torch was met by major demonstrations in San Francisco, London and Paris this week on its relay around the world. Thousands of protesters angry at China's human rights record, its harsh rule in Tibet and its friendly ties with Sudan scuffled with police and attempted to block the torch's passage.
Lee added that public outrage in China, especially among the young, could be seen in the "virulent anti-foreign sentiments" carried on Internet bulletin boards, adding it was a pity the postings were in Chinese and unintelligible to most in the West.
"Were they in the English language, young Americans and Europeans would realize that these displays of contempt for China and things Chinese will have consequences in their lifetime, well beyond the Olympic Games," Lee said. He did not elaborate.
Singapore, which is preparing to host the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010, has said the Olympic torch should be "respected as a symbol of peace and unity."


Updated : 2021-10-23 15:35 GMT+08:00