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Archive for June 23rd, 2008

Contrasting News From Tibet.

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If we were to believe the Chinese State propaganda then the torch procession through Tibet was greeted with excitement and peace, according to the online news service of Xinhua News Agency:

“LHASA, June 19 (Xinhua) — Tibet is to greet the Olympic torch with flowers and distinctive folk dances, when it arrives in the regional capital of Lhasa on Saturday.

The images of five Fuwas, mascots of the Beijing Olympics, are displayed in flowers in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa.

The city’s main streets are decorated with signboards carrying slogans, such as “Light the Passion, Share the Dream,” “Bless the Motherland, Joyfully Greet the Olympics,” “Great Ethnic Unity” and “Welcome to Lhasa.”

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Which is hardly surprising, given the vast number of Chinese state security operatives and military which have been moved into Tibet in the last few months, possibly those Tibetans don’t wish to suffer the fate of other Tibetans locked up by the Chinese ruler’s of Tibet without charge, as the BBC reports:

“More than 1,000 Tibetans detained during protests against the Chinese government in March remain unaccounted for, Amnesty International says.

In a report, the human rights group said there were reports that detainees had been beaten and deprived of food.

Announcing the update report, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director Sam Zarifi said the information coming out of Tibet painted “a dire picture of arbitrary detentions and abuse of detainees”.

Official reports only provide information on a small number of those who have been sentenced after questionable trials, Amnesty said.

It said that , with foreign journalists still not allowed into Tibet, reports coming through friends and family members to the media and Tibetan organisations suggested that police had carried out hundreds of raids on monasteries, nunneries and private homes.

“Those who dare to find ways of sending information to foreign media or human rights organisations regarding protests and arrests, risk arrest and imprisonment,” Amnesty said.”

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23/06/2008 at 01:38

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