The first big domino fell last week in the grassroots movement in Europe and America calling for a boycott the Beijing Olympics over China’s human-rights record. Britain’s prime minister, Gordon Brown, has announced he would not attend the Opening Ceremonies. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton quickly issued a statement praising his decision and calling on President Bush to stay away, too. Meanwhile, the Olympic torch was in San Francisco, ducking into dark warehouses and fleeing down back alleys to evade protesters.
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