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Posted by on Apr 6, 2008 in At TMV | 3 comments

Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay: ‘Ugly Scenes’ In London

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The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader in exile, said in India that protests in Tibet contradicted the Chinese “propaganda” about people there enjoying a prosperous and contented life and made it clear that the issue “can no longer be neglected”. While in London the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games torch relay was reduced to “farce and ignominy” yesterday as ugly scenes of protest disrupted this leg of the tour that was billed as a journey of harmony and peace.

The Times of London reports that more than 35 protesters were arrested in a series of clashes with the police, who had to reroute part of the procession to protect the 80 runners. “Despite nearly a year of planning and the deployment of 2,000 officers, the Metropolitan Police were unable to stop protesters breaking through the security cordon at vulnerable points.

“In West London the torch was nearly taken from Konnie Huq, a former Blue Peter presenter. Two demonstrators tried to douse the flame with a fire extinguisher near Ladbroke Grove, and the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell jumped in front of a relay bus in Oxford Street. The torch was diverted from foot to a bus at St Paul’s to avoid trouble.”

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Meanwhile in India the Dalai Lama demanded a probe into the unrest in Tibet by an “independent and respected international body”. More here…

A report from Beijing says that 10 people were wounded when Chinese paramilitary police opened fire on a crowd of Tibetans protesting against limits on a prayer ceremony and demanding the return of the Dalai Lama, witnesses said. “The violence was in a remote town in western Sichuan province on Saturday, where monks at the Lingque temple had been joined by several hundred pilgrims for an annual ceremony, the Torgya, which is meant to exorcise evil elements from society.”

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  • 7175880

    do u know Dalai Lama’s organise these foolish monks destory the bank ,school ,hospital .and strike those innocent people in tibet on 3.14, is that a protest?? I don’t think so.

    i admit that the we have so many things to improve ,just like human rights , free media.but u can get rid all of these things in a night, we are improving now,and will become better and better.

    if u guys want to what is the truth happend in tibet,just go there ,u will find the answer.u can’t just act like the Dalai Lama,hidden in india,and organise these ugly action.

    and u guys from USA , CANADA or UK, u can’t just stay at home , listening to the CNN or BBC , then say those bad words to our country . if u really want to find what is a real china,u could go there ,every one will welcomed, I promise.

  • runasim

    Considering the conciliatory nature of statements by the Dalai Lama, the accusation by 7175880 that he is inciting the unrest is just silly.
    The Dalai Lama has pleaded for a peaceful means to quelll the trouble: talk and negotiate, Beijing has rebuffed him every time.

    People like the Dalai Lama, who is not asking for independence, may be the best friends Beijing has when dealing with the bubbling and seething unrest among its repressed minorities. China rebuffs him at its own risk.

  • bonbons

    Well again if Dalai Lama really wanted to have a peaceful talk w/ Beijing, he could always go to Beijing – the door is not closed to him at all … But he dared not to, as to split Tibet is what he really wanted !!! Why don’t you guys ask your people who witnessed what happened in Tibet on 3/14 instead of watching craps like CNN & BBC ? They even didn’t know how to ‘edit’ correct pictures and report, so how can you guys really believe what really happened in Tibet ??? As what 7175880 said, go to Tibet to see this city and that region by yourself is much better to believe any untrue media’s report !!!

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