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Polish President not to attend Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing

August 8, 2008

Polish Radio
August 5, 2008

Lech Kaczynski, the Polish President, confirmed earlier reports that
he would not go to Beijing for the opening of the Summer Games.

He said he shared the sentiments of Hans Gert Poettering, president
of the European Parliament, who said that the athletes should express
their protest against human rights violations in Tibet.

Meanwhile, the Polish Olympic Committee has announced that Polish
athletes will be able to manifest their solidarity with Tibet but
only outside the Olympic venues and the Olympic Village.

Committee Chairman Piotr Nurowski stressed that those who express
their views during the competition will face punishment by the
International Olympic Committee.
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