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Take your games and go away!!!

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Looking through facebook updates I got to find this one post that made me think back again about people's identity and their right to speak out and defend the land that they belong to, their roots and their identity.

A group of Caucasians who moved away due to harsh realities of their homeland apparently stand out to protest at the very first day of Olympics Games in Vancouver with banners that they say represent the word of their grandparents who fought and died in the war with more that a million others and are forgotten today by the world.

"Genocide is not OK - Take your games and go away", "One nation, one people", "We are sick of not being able to repatriate", " they are trying the world to forget", "We are the indigenous people"

Sochi, is a Russian resort city, in the Krasnodar Region situated just north on the Northern Republic of Georgia border and the Southern Russian Border facing the Black Sea. On the side of the Sochi Resort, one can see the Caucasian Mountains. The coastline was ceded to Russia in 1829 as a result of a Caucasian War and Russo-Turkish War, 1828-1829. After the end of Caucasian War (during the period of 1864-1870) almost all Ubykhs and a major part of the Shapsugs, who lived on the territory of modern Sochi, were either killed in the Circassian Genocide or forcibly expelled to the Ottoman Empire. Since 1866 the coast was being actively colonized by Russians, Armenians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Greeks, Estonians, Germans, Moldavians, Georgians and other people from inner Russia as part of the genocidal efforts to 'cleanse' the area of its native population. Today 90 % of the Circassians live outside the Sochi and outside the Caucasus.

Sochi was announced the host city of 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2008, I got the incredible chance to see visit the resort, walk through the hills of the Mountains, Swim in the Sea and drink the healthiest water from the water springs. Driving toward the mountains, the Driver was telling us how scared he was by the change of the infrastructure due to the Olympics. The construction companies simply get attracted to it as to a future valuable land. The prices are growing by year and the locals are not able to maintain the phase, besides you can already see the adds of 2014. On the other hand, What is most talked about is always the performance of the athletes. But slowly the scenario is changing.The huge visitors certainly have negative impact on the environment. It is not the step of a foreign man that threatens the civilization. It is the interest and the business affairs of the ones who try to make out business from it without watching the Avatar.

Members of the No Sochi 2014 Committee traveled to the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics. This is an account of their first day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27pymdndcL4

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Nusrat Ara's picture

it is the greed, the

it is the greed, the materalism that has got into us. We are not thinking or are least bothered about the consequences.

Nusrat

jadefrank's picture

The people of Sochi

Victoria,

I found this journal so interesting. While watching some of the Vancouver Olympic Games on TV, I heard that Sochi would be the next location and had to look it up on the map to understand where that city was.

You bring up such an interesting issue that many people aren't talking about. You're right - society gets so caught up in the stories of the athletes and the medal count (especially here in the US, where the greed for gold extends from the mines to the awards podium). What started as a tradition long ago, and for many has been a symbol of world unity and peace, is also a cause for environmental degradation, a HUGE allocation of resources that is spent largely on non-sustainable venues and extravagant opening/closing ceremonies, and the short spotlight of a region that cannot always support the influx of industry.

Thank you for shedding light on the native population of Sochi and threat of the Olympics to this sensitive region.

Hugs,
Jade

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

neither... nor

Thank you Jade for the opinion.

This topic is indeed alive but nobody is taking it seriously. The games will be going on and huge show arrangements and waves of curious tourists and supporters. Getting deeply involved into the detriments of such events can cause even more problems. One cannot fight with the windmills. And for now the issue creates waves in the glass of water...

Besides, considering that there are bigger global worries to overcome... we must wait at see...

With respect,
Victoria

Victoria Vorosciuc
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