Nine German Olympians Protest Chinese Politics
Nine German Olympians have posed with pictures of Chinese dissidents held up in front of their faces to protest the country’s politics.
The nine responded to a Suddeutsche Zeitung magazine request sent out to 200 German athletes to pose for a spread headlined “We are all Chinese,” which was published Friday.
The headline was a reference to the famous 1963 “Ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner)” line from then American President John F. Kennedy during a speech for freedom after the Berlin Wall was built.
Sabine Spitz, a mountain biker, chose to hold up over her face a picture of Yang Tongyan, a writer sentenced to 12 years for demanding democratic change in China.