It’s a shame that the Olympic games are to be organised by China, a country with no respect for freedom. It is also a shame that Belgium has prevented the Dalai Lama from applying for a visa following massive pressure from the Chinese Government. The Dalai Lama was due to appear in Brussels before 300 delegates from around the world at the 5th International Conference of Tibet Support Groups from 11 to 14 May 2007. Belgium’s decision has come just prior to Prince Philippe’s upcoming trade meetings with Chinese counterparts. It is shameful but not unusual that a European Government, despite any democratic tradition, is willing to trade freedom for economic interests.