Athens — The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games flame was lit on Monday. In a ceremony as human rights activists protested nearby, media outlets reported.
CNN said that several protesters with banners managed to get into the event held at Greece’s Ancient Olympia before being stopped by security.
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The latest games have seen boycott calls by some human rights groups. A few US lawmakers, too, have urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone and relocate the games from Beijing.
IOC expressed its confidence the games will go ahead as planned and in the spirit of peace, friendship, and solidarity.
On Monday, protesters were seen at the ancient site brandishing the Tibetan flag and a banner that said: “No genocide games.”
China, long accused of suppressing cultural and religious freedom in the remote and mainly Buddhist region of Tibet. The Chinese government denies these accusations and citing the considerable developments in Tibet under its rule.
The torch lighting ceremony was held with a limited audience in attendance and was not interrupted by the demonstration.
The flame will be handed over on Tuesday to a delegation from Beijing Winter Game 2022 and will reach the Chinese capital on Wednesday.