Podium protests banned at Tokyo, Beijing Olympics after poll

 A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 26, 2020. Outrage continued to spread after Kenosha, Wisconsin police shot Jacob Blake multiple times in the back point-blank in front of his children in the Midwestern city on August 23. As President Donald Trump vowed to send in federal forces, the NBA cancelled all three playoff games on August 26 after the Milwaukee Bucks -- whose home base is just to the north of Kenosha - boycotted their game in protest at Blake's shooting.

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What you need to know:

  • The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has already promised not to sanction American athletes for "respectful" demonstrations in support of racial and social justice at the Tokyo Games.
  • China, which will host the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, is facing scrutiny and boycott calls over several issues including the mass internment and other repression of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and the clampdown on freedoms in Hong Kong.

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