Pelosi: Bush Should Boycott Ceremony

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Some world leaders may boycott the Beijing games because of China's recent crackdown in Tibet and its record of human rights abuses.

President Bush has said he will be attending the opening ceremony, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is saying that might not be a good idea.

The Speaker of the House just returned from a trip to visit the Dalai Lama, who resides in Tibet.

"Well I think boycotting the opening ceremony which really gives respect to the Chinese government is something that should be kept on the table. I think the president might want to rethink this later, depending on what other heads of state do. There's a difference between that ceremony and the actual athletic events," Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."

The full interview will air on Tuesday's program.

"I don't think China should have got the Olympic games to begin with. But they did get them with the promise that they would open up more and have better respect for human rights and freedom of expression. They have not honored that," she added.

Pelosi, who has a long history of opposing human rights abuses in China, said she does not think the United States should boycott the games entirely. The Olympic torch is making its one U.S. stop in Pelosi's hometown of San Francisco and large protests are expected.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was the first European leader to suggest a boycott of the opening ceremony. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is skipping the Olympics all together.

Source: The Associated Press

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