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When lights are put out

I WAS disappointed to read that the South China Morning Post and a group of Hong Kong's largest hotels are staging a light show in support of Beijing's Olympic bid.

When the big night comes, let's grab our Minoltas and run down to the waterfront. Let's forget all about China's oppressed millions; the children working in unregulated factories; and those forced to spend the rest of their lives assembling Christmas ornaments in prisons.

Let's forget about the re-education camps, and even the uncompromising manner in which China ''negotiates'' Hong Kong's future. This stuff isn't happening on Mars. It's happening just a few miles north of the New Territories where the government does notencourage the freedom, the humanitarian spirit or the personal excellence that are the very backbone of the Olympic Games.

When the show's over and the lights go out, let's consider life in 1997 when Hong Kong's lights have gone out for good. DWAYNE JACKSON Mid-Levels