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Pelosi Statement on San Francisco Olympic Torch Relay

April 9, 2008

SunHerald.com, MS

Office of the Speaker of the House

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2008 -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today regarding the Olympic torch relay's planned route
tomorrow through the City of San Francisco, the only city in North
America to host the torch:

"The Olympic Charter states that the goal of the Olympic games should be
to promote 'a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human
dignity.' The Chinese government has failed to live up to the
commitments it made before being awarded the Olympic games to improve
its human rights situation. In fact, there is disturbing new evidence
that it is conducting a broader crackdown on human rights in China and
Tibet because of the Olympics.

"For the next four months, the International Olympic Committee and
Chinese officials will parade the Olympic torch through dozens of
countries and even through Tibet. The torch will be met by politicians
and heads-of-state from all over the world along a 'journey of harmony.'
It is the Chinese government that is making the Olympic torch relay a
political event.

"Freedom-loving people around the world are vigorously protesting
because of the crackdown in Tibet and Beijing's support for the regime
in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. The people are making a
significant statement that the Olympic ideals of peace and harmony
should apply to all people, including those in Tibet and Darfur.

"San Francisco is blessed by a large and vibrant Chinese American
community. As San Franciscans, we embrace the diversity of our community
and we value the contributions made in every corner of our great city.
We also value free expression, and this week, many will exercise this
right by demonstrating against the Olympic torch. I urge all those who
protest to do so peacefully and respectfully. I commend those who speak
out for their commitment to shining a light on the causes that challenge
the conscience of the world."

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House
Brendan Daly or Drew Hammill of the Office of the Speaker of the House,
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