The torch relay for the coming Olympics in Beijing and Hong Kong has been the focus of substantial political protests - principally on behalf of Tibet, which was forcibly invaded by China in 1950 and has been under its control ever since. (Some protesters are also hoping to influence China to take action in Sudan to prevent the genocide in Darfur, since China has considerable political influence in this African region).
But are the Olympic games a suitable outlet for political protest? Or should they be seen as a neutral international sporting event, which should not be sullied with political affairs? And is it appropriate for US protesters (for instance) to complain about China's occupation of another country at a time when the US is also an occupying power?
In short, what do you think about the furore over the Chinese Olympic games?