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Summary of the Olympic Torch Relay Protests

CNN camera-man knocked down and kicked by police in London

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Protestor grabs Olympic torch as it journeys through London

Scott Anthony
The Observer
April 6, 2008

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Despite being shielded by a 50-strong pack of British policeman and Chinese security guards, the Olympic torch parade has been continually interrupted along its 31-mile journey from Wembley Stadium to the O2 Arena by those protesting at China’s human rights record.

A Free Tibet protestor attempted to wrestle the Olympic flame from Blue Peter TV presenter Konnie Huq before being bundled to the ground by police in Ladbroke Grove; two others were taken away after trying to put out the torch with a fire extinguisher in Holland Park and the relay was temporarily stopped near Bloomsbury after three people went too close to Sir Clive Woodward. Throughout its journey, several other protestors also threw themselves in front of those carrying the torch. So far 10 people have been arrested, although this figure is expected to grow.

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Protesters scale Golden Gate Bridge

AP

April 8, 2008

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Three people protesting China’s human rights record and the impending arrival of the Olympic torch climbed up the Golden Gate Bridge on Monday and tied the Tibetan flag and two banners to its cables.

The banners read “One World One Dream. Free Tibet” and “Free Tibet 08.”

The protesters wore helmets and harnesses as they made their way up the cables running next to the south tower of the famed span. The climb had the group suspended several 150 feet above traffic.

Reached by cell phone as he dangled from the bridge, demonstrator Laurel Sutherlin said he was worried that the torch’s planned route through Tibet would lead to more arrests and Chinese officials would use force to stifle any visible dissent.

“The leaders of China have said they’ll maintain order at all costs, and we know what that means — bloodshed and violent oppression,” he said. “If the IOC allows the torch to proceed into Tibet they’ll have blood on their hands.”

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Richard Gere and Desmond Tutu Speak
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and actor Richard Gere attend a candle-light vigil in San Fransisco on tuesday asking China to “talk to the Dalai Lama”.

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Police Brutality in Paris leaves Tibetian protester with bloody mouth
An internal investigation is being sought out for claims of police ripping-away tibetian flags from demonstrators, police are seen roughing up pro-tibetians leaving one with a bloody mouth shouting “Free Tibet!”.

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Dalai Lama backs Olympics, says violence outdated

Chisa Fujioka

Reuters
April 10, 2008

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The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, said on Thursday he supports the Beijing Olympics and opposed violent protests that have disrupted the Olympic torch relay around the world.

“It is really deserving for the Chinese people to host the Olympic Games,” he told reporters in Japan. “(Despite) the recent unfortunate event in Tibet, my position won’t change.”

But China’s use of violence was an outdated way to suppress unrest in Tibet, he said during a brief stopover on his way to the United States for a two-week visit he said was not political.

The Dalai Lama told reporters he had sent a message to Tibetans in San Francisco, where the torch relay was held on Wednesday.

“I sent a message to the Tibetans in San Francisco area, please don’t make any violent actions,” he said.

But he added: “Nobody has the right to say ‘shut up’.”

The torch was a magnet last week for chaotic demonstrations in London and Paris and the torch’s only stop in North America turned into a game of hide-and-seek after the San Francisco route was abruptly changed by city officials.

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Recent News:

China orders Tibetans ’reeducated’ about Dalai Lama
http://www.latimes.com/news/natio..ucate8apr08,1,6576960.story

Thousands of Workers Protest in Southern China
http://en.epochtimes.com/news/8-4-10/68933.html

Chinese Cops Fire On Tibet Protesters Kill 8
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3683878.ece

China jails rights activist outspoken on Tibet
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSPEK11067920080403

Yahoo fund aids ’cyber dissidents’ in China
http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Yahoo.._dissidents_in_04022008.html

Olympic Torch Relay in Paris; Flame Put Out, AP Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/new..bLxJNY.Lo3w&refer=home

IOC To Beijing: Don’t Censor Internet
http://news.yahoo.com/s/a..AlQ1HA7RvNKiSFs0F

Olympics ’worsening China rights’
http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=79347&videoChannel=1

China Claims Tibetans Planning Suicide Attacks
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080401/D8VP0TVO0.html

Beijing To Ban Smoking Ahead Of Olympics
http://www.breitbart.com/article..32.8zb4q4yg&show_article=1

Chinese Regime Implicated in Staging Violence in Lhasa
http://en.epochtimes.com/news/8-3-28/67906.html

Merkel says she will not attend opening of Beijing Olympics
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/29/germany.olympicgames2008

Olympics chief on torch “crisis”
Olympic Torch Rerouted For U.S. Relay
Torch headed out of San Francisco after surprise route designed to thwart protesters
China Readies for Protests During Olympic Torch Relay
China cloaking soldiers as monks to incite riots
Chinese Foreign Ministry Alleges Western Media Faking, Distorting Riot Reports
China condemns ’vile’ Olympic torch protests

 


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