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13 august 2008

I’ve just sent a congratulation letter to Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal who has won a significant Olympic victory. It’s remarkable that Rafa was wearing an orange headband and an orange wristband. The letter is written in Catalan, the mother tongue of Rafa. You’ll find an English translation below.



Best Orange wishes

Mr Vagn Frausing, international secretary, of the campaign The Color Orange


Dear Rafa,

First of all I’ll send you my sincere congratulation for Monday’s OG victory over Potito Starace.

I’ve noticed that you were playing wearing an orange headband and an orange wristband. I have to admit it: I’ve noticed these details because I’m the international secretary of TheColorOrange.net campaign, see:


Maybe you have noticed that throughout the first half of 2008 we have made an effort to introduce the color orange, on the venues of the Olympics and elsewhere, as a color signalising that there’s something wrong about the human rights in China. We have encouraged athletes and many others to surreptitiously use the color orange to show to the world that although you do accept celebrating the Olympics in splendid surroundings, you are well aware that the human rights situation in China is highly reproachable.

Perhaps your use of the orange color has been utterly accidental, and maybe you do not have heard anything about our TheColorOrange.net campaign. And we’re perfectly well aware that, due to the censorship, you cannot say it overtly, if you have made deliberate use of the orange color. Otherwise you would risk being excluded from them Games.

I’m writing you this letter for various reasons: to congratulate, and to inform about our Orange campaign (that is widely known among the international reporters located in Beijing), so that you can be prepared for questions from journalists.

Whatever your motives might have been for wearing some orange outfit, I’ll repeat my congratulation for the victory and my sincere wishes for the rest of the Olympics. A medal seems to be realistic, if I understand it well.

If you chose wearing some Orange outfit, you’ll have a nice appearance and at the same time you’ll be supporting a noble cause.

Best Orange wishes

Mr Vagn Frausing

International secretary

of the campaign

The Color Orange

Banevaenget 22

DK-5270 Odense N, Denmark

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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