Citizens for the Republic Applauds NJ Rep. Chris Smith for Call to move “Genocide Olympics” from China
Washington, D.C. – Citizens for the Republic, Ronald Reagan’s political action committee, loudly applauded Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who recently called for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved from Beijing in light of Communist Red China’s continued human rights violations against the Uighurs. Smith is working to include an amendment that would stipulate for a plan to move the games in a bill related to U.S.-Chinese production competition.
“In granting Beijing host status for the Olympic games, we are crowning a barbarous regime with laurels while we should be condemning their abuse and genocide,” Rep. Smith said in May. “Don’t enable or sponsor the ‘Genocide Olympics.”
Since 2017, more than a million Uyghurs have been rounded up by government authorities and sent to “re-education” camps, where their culture and heritage is brutally stamped out. Worse, many Uyghurs are forced to work in factories that make products for American brands, including the sports giant Nike. A report released in March 2020 by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China highlighted Nike and several companies suspected of using forced labor.
“We could not agree with Congressman Smith more on this issue. Every member of the House and the Senate needs to be of the same mind when it comes to China’s human rights abuses,” CFTR said Monday. “What Congressman Smith recognizes is that holding the Olympics in Beijing gives its murderous regime legitimacy. Giving China any kind of ceremonial role as the Olympic host nation is a slap in the face to every Uighur and other group who have suffered at Beijing’s hands. Now is not the time for Congress to drag its feet. We should either move the games, or ignore them entirely.”
CFTR, which was founded to advance the cause of liberty, is raising funds to mount an educational campaign on the issue.