The pen is stronger

than the sword

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Mail sent 14th April


The pen is stronger

than the sword


Encouragement to personally engage in the debate and spread the idea about showing your criticism by using the color orange in Olympic contexts


Dear friends of TheColorOrange,


This is the time! You can make a difference about the human rights in China. Help us spreading the idea and the symbol TheColorOrange, involve in the debate in your country, region and town, write letters to newspapers, contact the press, show up wearing something orange at meetings, sports events, and suggest that those who are going to the Olympics 2008 make use of TheColorOrange.


 It doesn’t have to be long, intellectual letters, a few lines or an Orange note on the wall is often enough to start a debate. Maybe you could gather a group of friends, colleagues, sports- and schoolmates and together do something to spread the idea.


The idea about TheColorOrange can only succeed if the project becomes an integrated part of discussions about the Olympics in China, which it isn’t yet, and we need your help to do this. The press is very interested in the project, and they would often like to write about it, if you put their attention to it.


We, the people from www.TheColorOrange.net have now sent the appeal of support to thousands of parliamentarians all over the world. We’ve had it translated into 17 different languages, check www.TheColorOrange.net/uk/page21. Parts of this appeal would be good for letters etc.


The Olympic Torch is still on its way through the world, and thousands of activists along the route have put an enormous focus on Tibet and the human rights in China. We had 10 activists in Athens, who started a huge debate and a large number of protests. The link to BBC’s broadcast is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T92fGP-SEVM


A core issue of the debates is about boycotting the Olympics or not. There are good arguments both for and against the boycott. If you choose to show up, it will be a very good idea to use TheColorOrange to signal that you participate, but you still make a symbolic and visual protest against human rights violations in China.


It will be amazing if a large part of the politicians and athletes participating in the Olympics from the opening to the closing are wearing something orange. For example, a CNN journalist was wearing an eye-catching Orange tie while reporting from the torch ceremony in London.


Athletes and journalists wearing the color orange won’t be able to overtly tell why they’re wearing orange, because it would mean suspension from the Olympics. So they could just to give cryptic answers like “I just like the color orange, but I still think that China should do something about their human rights”. Politicians, on the contrary, can clearly tell why they’re wearing TheColorOrange.


We’ve sent out a message to people in every city on the route of the Olympic Torch, that they make peaceful Orange protests as the Torch passes. The message has been sent to official guests, politicians, athletes, NGO’s and to the public, see:



We’re leaving to Hong Kong at April 25th to make Orange protests together with the democracy movement. We will paint the 8 metre tall sculpture, the Pillar of Shame, orange (the sculpture has been erected as an accusation of the Tiananmen crackdown). When the Torch comes to China on May 2nd we will join thousands of Chinese for manifestations in support of the human rights in China. The democracy movement has made thousands of orange bracelets with the Olympic motto: One World, one Dream. Combined with The Color Orange this motto will express the dream about respect for human rights in the whole world, also in China.


We hope you will take the case and the pen into your own hand, and make an effort for TheColorOrange. The Chinese democracy fighters will appreciate your support.



Friendly Orange greetings from




a cooperation between the Chinese democracy movement (HK) and the artist Jens Galschiot (DK)

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26 August: Olympic hangover – Media self criticism would be seemly

16 August: Usain Bolt wearing orange bracelet to the Olympic 100m gold record-breaking victory in Beijing

13 August: Rafael Nadal wearing an orange headband in Beijjing

7 August: Application for permission to demonstrate in the 3 special protest zones during OG in Beijing 2008

6 August: China’s OG website hacked ??

17July: Tour de France and TheColorOrange in Narbonne, photos

2 July: Open letter to the participants of the OG2008 distributed to about 30,000 MPs all over the world.

10 June: The Color Orange needs you!! to make an Orange wind blow in China. Click here for more information about The Color Orange supporting groups 

Videos and other information about the activities in Hong Kong

12-15 May: Link to article about this case: The Dutch Olympic Committee fears that The Netherlands will be taken as Orange hostage in Beijing 2008.

8 May: Advises about the use of The Color Orange at the Olympics in Beijing 2008, and the IOC’s latest words of restrictions and dress-code.

8 May: IOC is trying to avoid political manifestations during OG 2008.

30 April: The Pillar of Shame painted orange. See the photos

30 April:  Make pieces of orange cloth and tie them on to sculptures all over the cities where you live and give moral support to the Chinese democracy fighters.

28 April: Declaration  

from TheColorOrange team that was refused entrance into Hong Kong

TheColorOrange in Hong Kong

26 April to 6 May
See all the latest news and pictures
of our orange activities in Hong Kong
when the Olympic Torch arrives

BBC TV about 

TheColorOrange in Greece

17 April: Olympic Torch will be met

with orange actions when it comes to China

14 April: The pen is stronger than the sword

28 March 2008

Greek police bans orange clothes
  during Olympic Torch Relay

Danish activists stopped by the Greek police

The Chinese democracy

 movement backs

The Color Orange Campaign

The Hong Kong Alliance, one of the cornerstones

 of the Chinese democracy movement has now

decided to join the orange manifestations.

see  News



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