- Forwarded to me from a friend, thanks for your attention.
- "May 8-24, exactly 3 months before the Olympic. Everybody boycott Careefour. Reason: major shareholder of Carrefour donated huge sum to Dalai Lama. In France the T-I supporters are plentiful, even the French President vowed to boycott the Olympic as a result. The duration of the boycott is the same as the duration of the Olympic, 17 days long. Let them see the power of Chinese and Chinese network [internet and sms, I suppose].
- Please forward
- Chinese version can now be found in many internet sites (e.g.) 5月8日-24日，正好是北京奥运会的三个月之前。所有人都不要去家乐福购物，理由是家乐福的大股东捐巨资给达赖，法国支持藏独者甚众，甚至法国总统也因此而声言抵制北京奥运会。那们现在就抵制一下家乐福，为期与北京奥运会同长，前后17天。让他们看看中国人和中国网络的力量。请转发给你所有的手机、MSN等的联络人，并且让他们的家人一起参与。让家乐福门可罗雀17天！
Well, I do not know how true the accusation on "Carrefour's major shareholder(s)" is. So I googled to find this article (which did not help)
- On one Internet bulletin board, writers urged the boycott because of perceived French support for the Tibetan independence movement. One writer claimed Carrefour has been donated a lot of money to the Dalai Lama.
While I do not know whether Carrefour is 'guilty' as alleged, I am impressed by how thoughtful the boycott has been planned
- It only ask for a 17 day boycott, instead of an all out boycott which is not practical
- It stated its objective very clearly, "to show the power of the 'network' "
- The start date if May 8th, allowing for sufficient time of networking
Whatever the result is, I bet Carrefour would not release its sales figure. So it may be a futile effort to show the 'power of the network' or 'power of the chinese economic influence', well, unless someone is doing "exit poll" at the doors of the carrefour, to compare the sales (or just count the number of visitors) at its doors.
The power of the network, as we all know, is a double-edge sword. (c.f. PX incidence)
Since it demonstrates the people's power, be it justifiable or not for this particular incidence, I will like to see the results in some quantified form.
This is probably the best analogy (or, Shanghai's response) to the San Francisco gentleman who proclaimed "It doesn't matter where Tibet is, what matters is what is going on there. What matters is people understands California is the most powerful state in the world." (via ESWN)
It is extremely unclear whether he knows " what is going on there", not to say understands. But it doesn't really matter. The more important issue seems to be what he stated in the next second. The same goes for the Chinese people who vowed to join the boycott. My hypothesis (from googling the internet forum) is that it seems to be that they first idenitifed Carrefour as a feasible target, before the donation allegation surfaced.