China Olympics, Tibet Torture, Coca-Cola Profits.

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China Olympics, Tibet Torture, Coca-Cola Profits
http://www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/2008/cokeolympics.html

San Francisco (April 28, 2008): Responding to a question about Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the Olympic Torch Relay at the Coca-Cola shareholders meeting last week, Mr. Isdell, CEO of Coca-Cola, defended the sponsorship by referring to the Olympic Torch as a symbol of hope and openness.

At about the same time, the Olympic Torch was being run in New Delhi, India. On hand were over 15,000 armed security personnel, including Indian paramilitary forces and Chinese security, and the public was largely banned from attending. On hand to view the ceremonies were a very select few, including a group of children outfitted with Coca-Cola T-shirts.

Surely Mr. Isdell got it wrong? The Olympic Torch being paraded through a hastily shortened route in New Delhi surrounded by some of the tightest security the city has ever seen with the public largely kept away is hardly symbolic of the hope and openness that the Olympic Torch supposedly symbolizes.

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<http://www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/2008/cokeolympics.html>

Olimpiadas en China, Tortura en Tibet, Utilidades de Coca-Cola
http://www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/2008/cokeolympicsesp.html

San Francisco (28 de Abril, 2008): Respondiendo a una pregunta acerca del patrocinio de Coca-Cola en el Recorrido de la Antorcha Olímpica durante una reunión de accionistas de Coca-Cola, el Sr. Isdell, Presidente Ejecutivo de la firma, defendió el patrocinio refiriéndose a la Antorcha Olímpica como un símbolo de esperanza y apertura.

Aproximadamente en ese mismo momento, la Antorcha Olímpica estaba pasando por Nueva Delhi, India. Estaban preparados más de 15,000 personas armadas de seguridad, incluyendo fuerzas paramilitares indias y personal chino de seguridad; al público en gran medida le fue prohibido asistir. A la vista estaban unas pocas personas seleccionadas viendo la ceremonia, incluyendo un grupo de niños vestidos con camisetas de Coca-Cola.

¡Ciertamente el Sr. Isdell entendió mal! La Antorcha Olímpica paseada a través de una ruta precipitadamente acortada en Nueva Delhi, rodeada de una seguridad tan fuerte como nunca vista en la ciudad, con el público mantenido a distancia, es difícilmente el símbolo de esperanza y de apertura que la Antorcha Olímpica supuestamente simboliza. <http://www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/2008/cokeolympicsesp.html>

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One thought on “China Olympics, Tibet Torture, Coca-Cola Profits.

    Sotiris Koukios said:
    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 03:04 (169)

    What an irony…and bad manageent of Bejing’s image. Now coca cola made the mistake and are trying to manage the image crisis…

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