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Torch boycott / 4 April 2008

Disabled comedian Francesca Martinez has withdrawn as a torch carrier for the Olympic Games saying she felt that taking part would legitimise violence in Tibet.

YES! At last someone with the guts to stand by their principles. Not like some of the other people who are withdrawing, mainly because they don’t want to get involved in the politics, but who are giving a whole range of excuses for so doing!? ‘ … er, I’ve suddenly remembered I’ve got an appointment at the … er, dentist (phew!).’

Francesca told Channel 4 News: ‘I was very honoured to be asked, and very honoured to represent the disabled community. I fully support the Tibetan cause and in a way I feel that, because of the mounting pressure and the ongoing violence in Tibet, that torch-bearers should turn down their role ... because I feel that is truly promoting and supporting the Olympic ideals, which are unity and world peace, and that doesn't include invasion of other countries.’

You can read the full story in the Guardian on line. Here is
the link for it. You can also access Francesca's web site at
this link.