A protest today in New York City is calling attention to human rights abuses and the Winter Olympics.
The Winter Olympics are to be held in Beijing next year – and opponents of China's human rights record have been speaking out, encouraging the International Olympic Committee to reconsider the communist regime's hosting of the games. Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley has called for the U.S. to boycott the games, as have a coalition of U.S. lawmakers and Mike Pompeo, the former secretary of state under President Donald Trump. (Related story)
Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition says the opposition is based on more than China's genocide and other mistreatment of Muslim Uyghurs, which includes forced abortions.
"There's forced abortion and genocide," he confirms, "[but] they are oppressing the people of Hong Kong and imprisoning democracy activists. Churches are being bulldozed and pastors thrown into jail. Religious minorities are being persecuted."
Mahoney is leading a group in New York today to demonstrate at the headquarters of NBC, which holds the contract to air the Winter Olympics.
"We are calling for NBC not to broadcast what we have called The Genocide Games," Mahoney tells One News Now. "It would be unconscionable for NBC to broadcast games in a nation where genocide is occurring."
He stresses human rights issues are far more important than the millions of dollars in revenue the games will bring in to NBC. At the same time, Mahoney's group is working hard with other countries, hoping to make them available to act as host for the games.