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China Revokes Joey Cheek, Co-Founder of Team Darfur, Visa

August 7, 2008

From August 5, 2008:

The Chinese embassy in Washington, DC today revoked the visa of Olympic Gold Medalist (2006 Winter Games, speed skating) and Team Darfur co-founder Joey Cheek to travel to Beijing for the Olympic Games. The Chinese government official who called Cheek stated simply that he was “not required to give a reason” for revoking visas. Cheek had planned to attend the Games to support the 72-plus athletes who will be competing in Beijing who have signed onto Team Darfur. Those athletes, along with hundreds of other former Olympians, have pledged to draw attention to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, and what China and the international community can do to stop it.  more

Learn more about Team Darfur here.  Also visit Save Darfur to learn, campaign and take action.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Owen permalink*
    August 8, 2008 11:23 am

    Presumably it’s because they’re chewing the carpet over Lopez Lomong. The only way they can deal with him is using smog.

  2. August 10, 2008 2:25 am

    Another sad testament to China’s tyranny and support for dictatorships. One bloody hand washes the other.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. Kourtney permalink
    August 12, 2008 4:00 pm

    Joey Cheek has become quite the ambassador for civil liberties. You should check out the video he made for a project I’m working on I Vote You Vote. You can see the video here: Make sure to visit to register yourself and your friends to vote!

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