Activists disrupt the ignition of Olympic flame for Beijing Winter Games



The ceremony to light the flame for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing was disrupted by activists on Monday. Two women and a man broke into the site of Olympia in Greece, protesting human rights violations in China.

The trio held up a banner that read ‘no genocide games’ and waved the Tibetan flag. “How can the Beijing Games be allowed when they are committing genocide against the Uyghurs?”, one of the protesters is said to have said, referring to the treatment of Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region.

The protesters were stopped by security. Earlier, four protesters were also arrested outside the stadium.

No public welcome

It all happened on the historic ground of the Greek Olympia, where the Olympic fire is traditionally lit. Due to the corona measures, there was no public welcome this year.

As with the lighting of the flame for the Summer Games in Tokyo, only a few officials, including IOC President Thomas Bach, were present at the ceremony.

Check out the images from the ceremony below: