"Handicapped Jin receives hero's welcome for protecting Olympic torch in Paris"
Submitted by Larryw on Sun, 04/13/2008 - 11:42.
The coverage that has come out of China related to this story has been interesting to follow. While I suspect much of this heros welcome is simply propaganda being put out by the government of China, perhaps some awareness of disability issues will also come to pass. She has been called the "Smiling Angel in Wheelchair" and the "Most Beautiful Torchbearer" by Chinese netizens after showing incredible courage in protecting the Olympic torch in Paris from repeated assaults by Tibetan separatists. Jin Jing, a Paralympic fencer, returned home on Wednesday and received a hero's welcome when she was recognized by people at Beijing's Capital International Airport. Read more here. Also, read this summary of a commentary that appeared in the official paper of the communist party. For a counter point of view check out this web page. It seems that some interesting photos have surfaced that show just who the people were who "attacked" Jin Jing. This lends support to my assertion that this is all a propaganda stunt and that Jing is just being used by the Communist government as an attempt to justify their actions in Tibet.