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Can China ban

The Color Orange?

Take part in checkmating the Chinese regime and

making a global manifestation for human rights


We hereby encourage you to join the initiative TheColorOrange.net with the aim of showing China - during the Olympics in August 2008 - that we are many people who are keeping an eye on China's human rights violations.

The idea is both sophisticated and simple. By using something with the color orange during the Olympics - both inside and outside of China - you are sending a signal to the world that something is wrong in China. It can be anything, like an orange hat, camera bag, tie, pen, paper, dress, suit, bag etc. Even pealing an orange will be considered a pronounced statement.

No political or religious movement can claim to have a monopoly of the initiative. By participating in the project you show that you support the fight for human rights in China.

The Chinese Government wants to present the Olympics as perfect and streamlined to billions of television viewers around the globe with the aim of promoting China as a modern and efficient society. They will do anything it takes to avoid getting criticized on television. However, by using the Color Orange we are exactly capable of breaking with the harsh censorship and embitter the joy of the regime. At the same time, millions of oppressed Chinese people will have a voice during the Olympics 2008.

The Olympic Charter stipulates as fundamental Olympic principles: "the respect for universal fundamental ethical principles" and the promotion of "a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity". Nobody can fairly claim that the Chinese regime is living up to these standards. On the contrary, the usage of the orange color will be an ethical and non-political statement that is indeed in deep harmony with the fundamental principles of the Olympic movement.

The initiative can only succeed if a lot of people are aware of the significance of the Color Orange. This would normally require a publicity budget of million of dollars. This, however, we don't have. But in stead we (might) have you :-) If you, and millions of others, help pass on this idea together we can create a butterfly effect blowing an orange wind over China.

- Pass on this e-mail to everybody on your mailing list. Go to the website www.TheColorOrange.net and sign up to the mailing list in order for you to get continuous updates about the initiative. Report to the website with those activities or ideas in which you have used the Color Orange so that we can spread out the happy message as an inspiration to others.

- Make creative use of the Color Orange in relation to Olympic events. If you practice any kind of sport or are a member of an association that supports human rights you can encourage them to use orange in their material and to publicly support the campaign.

- The Dutch national Olympic team is because of their orange colors natural born members of the initiative. What about your country's Olympic heroes? Are the only heroes when it comes to sport? Imagine if the first gold winner in China wipes off the sweat with an orange handkerchief...

The Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot is the initiator of the manifestation 'the Color Orange'. The artist is independent of political and religious interests and has often made global art events in favor of humanism, among others in collaboration with the democratic movement in China.

The Color Orange is inspired by what the painter Kandinsky said when he stated that the color orange is in fact red that has been made more human by the color yellow. The Chinese color is exactly red so maybe we can support the humanistic forces in the country by introducing the Color Orange. The selection of the Color Orange is however also inspired by the color of the prison uniforms in Guantanamo, the monks in Tibet and Burma and so on.

We hope that many individuals and organizations will support this initiative and use the Color Orange.

Jens Galschiot, sculptor, Banevaenget 22, DK-5270 Odense N

Tel.: +45 6618 4058, Fax: +45 6618 4158

E-mail: contact@TheColorOrange.net





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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.

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