China may have succeeded in closing Mt. Everest for its Olympic Torch bid, clearing the peak of any possible protesters or demonstrations, but it can’t censor the rest of the world. As the only place in North America that the torch is passing through, San Francisco residents seem to be very vocal about the controversial issue.
As the climbing community saw with Mike Robertson only a couple months ago, visible protests can be effective ways to bring attention to important world issues.
Thanks to the protesters for actually doing something and not just talking.