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Dalai Lama: Chinese may have killed 140 Tibetans

Dalai Lama: Chinese may have killed 140 Tibetans

AFP
August 21, 2008

Chinese security forces opened fire on a crowd this week in eastern Tibet and may have killed 140 people, the Dalai Lama told a French daily on Thursday.

“The Chinese army again fired on a crowd on Monday August 18, in the Kham region in eastern Tibet,” he told Le Monde. “One hundred and forty Tibetans are reported to have been killed, but the figure needs to be confirmed.”

He said that since March, when China cracked down on protests against Chinese rule in the Himalayan territory, “reliable witnesses say that 400 people have been killed in the region of (Tibetan capital) Lhasa alone.”

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China sentences elderly women to labor camp for “re-education”

NY Times
August 20, 2008

Two elderly women could face a year of “reeducation through labor” because they applied for permits to demonstrate during the Olympics, according to one of the would-be protesters.

Two elderly Chinese women have been sentenced to a year of “re-education through labor” after they repeatedly sought a permit to demonstrate in one of the official Olympic protest areas, according to family members and human rights advocates.

The women, Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, had made five visits to the police this month in an effort to get permission to protest what they contended was inadequate compensation for the demolition of their homes in Beijing.

During their final visit on Monday, public security officials informed them that they had been given administrative sentences for “disturbing the public order,” according to Li Xuehui, Ms. Wu’s son.

Mr. Li said his mother and Ms. Wang, who used to be neighbors before their homes were demolished to make way for a redevelopment project, were allowed to return home but were told they could be sent to a detention center at any moment. “Can you imagine two old ladies in their 70s being re-educated through labor?” he asked. He said Ms. Wang was nearly blind.

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Beijing Police “Rough Up” Two AP Photographers, Detain More Activists
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i..HCWZ5QzIAD92MOVBO1

List of Labor Camps Released to International Journalists in China
http://en.epochtimes.com/n2/china/list..ternational-journalists-china-3119.html

 



Olympics: Britons & Americans arrested for flying pro-Tibet banners

Olympics: Britons & Americans arrested for flying pro-Tibet banners

London Telegraph
August 6, 2008

Iain Thom, 24 from Edinburgh
and Lucy Marion, 23, from London were seized along with two American protestors after they scaled lamp-posts outside the ‘Birds Nest’ Stadium to make their protest.

The demonstration was one of a number of protests to highlight Tibet and religious freedom which took place around Beijing to coincide with the arrival of the Olympic torch in Tiananmen Square.

Ms Marion, 23, who grew up in Cambridge and now lives in London is a graduate of Bristol University and, according to the activists’ website, has been campaigning for Tibetan rights since visiting Tibet in 2003.

Mr Thom, a grass roots co-ordinator for Students for a Free Tibet UK climbed a 120ft lamppost with an American protestor, Phill Bartell, 34 from Colorado, to string up a 200ft-long banner.

The message, “One World, One Dream: Free Tibet” – a parody of the official “One World, One Dream” slogan of the Beijing Olympics – remained on display for more than an hour before Chinese police moved in, the activists claimed.

Mr Thom spoke by mobile telephone to ABC News, saying he entered China on a tourist visa.

He said: “I’ll probably get detained by the police and then ejected out of the country but I believe it’s not anywhere near the risk or the fear that Tibetans are living under the occupation of the Chinese government.”

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China Police Jail Dissenters & Intimidate Journalists

Chinese Pleading For Human Rights Are Harrassed & Jailed Before Olympics, Journalist Are Intimidated

Washington Post
August 2, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbf5CYiVdMk

Behind the gray walls and barbed wire of the prison here, eight Chinese farmers with a grievance against the government have been consigned to Olympic limbo.

Their indefinite detainment, relatives and neighbors said, is the price they are paying for stirring up trouble as China prepares to host the Beijing Games. Trouble, the Communist Party has made clear, will not be permitted.

“My bet is the authorities won’t let them out until after the Olympics,” said Wang Xiahua, a veteran anti-government agitator from this farm town 180 miles southwest of Beijing and a supporter of the imprisoned farmers.

The Olympic Games have become the occasion for a broad crackdown against dissidents, gadflies and malcontents this summer. Although human rights activists say they have no accurate estimate of how many people have been imprisoned, they believe the figure to be in the thousands.

The crackdown comes seven years after the secretary general of the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee declared that staging the Games in the Chinese capital would “not only promote our economy but also enhance all social conditions, including education, health and human rights.”

Now, human rights have been set back rather than enhanced, activists say.

“The Olympics have reversed the clock,” said Nicholas Bequelin, a Hong Kong-based specialist for Human Rights in China.

Another foreign human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International, came to a similar conclusion in a report issued Monday titled “The Olympics Countdown — Broken Promises.”

“By continuing to persecute and punish those who speak out for human rights, the Chinese authorities have lost sight of the promises they made when they were granted the Games seven years ago,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty’s Asia-Pacific deputy director. “The Chinese authorities are tarnishing the legacy of the Games.”

The repressive atmosphere has intensified in part because senior Communist Party officials seem to be just as determined to prevent embarrassing protests — which could be televised — as they are to avert terrorist attacks during the Olympics. In exhortations to security forces, Public Security Ministry commanders and Xi Jinping, the senior Communist Party leader in charge of Olympic preparations, repeatedly have said that police must block any attempt to damage China’s image.

Despite these concerns, President Bush and many other world leaders have accepted China’s invitation to attend the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday. After saying for months that the Games should be viewed only as a sporting event, Bush met with Chinese rights activists Tuesday and said he would use the opportunity to remind President Hu Jintao of U.S. support for human rights. The Foreign Ministry criticized his gesture, calling it interference in China’s internal affairs. But his decision to attend was still being interpreted as endorsement of China’s contention that the Olympic Games are not an appropriate stage for human rights appeals.

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Chinese police beat, detain 2 Japanese reporters

AP
August 5, 2008

Two Japanese journalists were briefly detained and beaten by police in western China, their companies and one of the men said Tuesday, triggering a protest by the Japanese government. Chinese officials later apologized.

They were working in Xinjiang at the scene of a deadly attack Monday on Chinese policemen when they were forcibly taken to a border police facility, said Shinji Katsuta, a reporter for Japanese broadcaster Nippon Television Network Corp.

“My face was pushed into the ground, my arm was twisted and I was hit two or three times in the face,” he said in a phone interview broadcast on his station.

A photographer from the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper, Shinzou Kawakita, was also apprehended and roughed up, said a company spokesman who declined to give his name, citing company policy.

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Chinese Rights Advocate Tortured in Captivity

Yu Hang
Sound of Hope Radio
August 5, 2008

In the shadow of a Beijing Olympics touted as a harbinger of change and human rights improvements, a well-placed informant from China disclosed to Sound of Hope Radio (SOH) the painful plight of renowned Chinese human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng since his disappearance a year ago.

The anonymous insider told SOH in a telephone interview that Gao, after his mysterious disappearance on September 22, 2007, was taken by the PRC police to a secret location where he suffered physical and psychological torture for nearly 60 days. The source said the level of torture was “beyond anyone’s imagination” and even the police executing the torture admired Gao’s uncompromising spirit.

While recounting the tortures inflicting on Gao, the insider souce said [transcribed from the telephone recording], “For example, they stripped attorney Gao Zhisheng naked, threw him to the ground and attacked him with electric batons. They deprived him of sleep. This is very common. It goes without saying that they beat him up as well. They have resorted to lowly, despicable means.”

The insider added that they tortured Gao Zhisheng to make him do three things. First, to make him write an article condemning Falun Gong. Second, to make him write articles condemning the founder of Falun Gong. Third, to make him write articles praising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“But Gao Zhisheng did not compromise,” the source said. “The police were shattered to watch the horrible tortures. The outside world cannot imagine [the severity of the torture.]”

The insider added that Gao was tortured in the same way Falun Gong practitioners are tortured and that the level of torture will make one feel like an animal instead of a human being. The tortures were so cruel that Gao Zhisheng thought of committing suicide and hurting himself, according to the source. While recounting Gao’s plight, the insider repeatedly said, “the tortures are beyond anyone’s imagination.”

The insider told SOH that, with the Beijing Olympic Games impending, the CCP has secretly removed Gao’s family away from Beijing for fear of any unwanted incident, and the Chinese authorities do not plan to release Gao before the Olympic Games are over.

Gao Zhisheng is an attorney once highly praised by China for his successes. In 2005, after sending a series of open letters to authorities questioning the torture and abuse of Falun Gong practitioners, a campaign of harassment, arrest and torture was directed at Gao and his family.

Beijing sends Mugabe packing
http://www.watoday.com.au/news/la../08/05/1217701960735.html

China Orders Highest Alert for Olympics
http://www.nytimes.com/20..l?_r=2&ref=world&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

China apologises for roughing up journalists on eve of Games
http://www.breitbart.com/article…1.vz49fe9h&show_article=1

Beijing Olympics security: theater of the absurd
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/08/05/sports/OLY-Inside-the-Rings.php

 



China To Enlist Beijing Residents To Fight Terror

China To Enlist Beijing Residents To Fight Terror

Reuters
July 18, 2008


China will have nearly 100,000 commandos, police and members of the military on standby up to and during Beijing Olympics to handle potential terrorist attacks, state media reported.

Having deployed surface-to-air missiles, readied a 100,000-strong anti-terrorism force and instituted a series of security checkpoints, Beijing is adding Chinese residents as another layer in its shield to protect Olympics venues against possible attack.

Security officials are publishing a new “anti-terrorism manual” to educate Chinese about possible threats and instructing them how to respond in the event they are captured or encounter a threat, according to a Xinhua news agency report on Friday.

“When you notice something suspicious, you need to check it first, then listen, then smell, but try to avoid touching it,” the manual says, according to Xinhua.

It said the manual describes 39 different potential terrorism threats, including explosions, arson, shootings, hijacking and even chemical, biological, or nuclear attacks.

The security-obsessed government has identified a possible terrorist attack as the biggest potential threat to the successful hosting of the Games, which run from August 8-24, and it has widely publicized its security preparations.

“You also have to hide your mobile phones if kidnapped by terrorists,” an excerpt of the manual says, according to Xinhua.

It was not clear how many copies of the manual would be published or when and how it might be distributed.

China, eager to use the Games to showcase its rise as a modern economic power, has said that homegrown threats top security worries, including from Uighur militants campaigning for independence for Xinjiang in China’s far northwest and from Tibetan independence groups.

Officials said security forces had foiled five “terrorism groups” planning to attack the Beijing Olympics, with police detaining 82 people in Xinjiang.

But rights groups say that China is using Olympic security as an excuse to crack down on internal dissent.

Fears of a ‘no-fun’ Olympics in Beijing

The Age
July 18, 2008

FEARS of a “no fun Olympics” are growing as security restrictions increase and become more bizarre with less than 20 days to go until the opening ceremony.

Beijing police have been visiting bar owners in the popular Sanlitun area and asking them to sign pledges agreeing to not serve black people or Mongolians and ban activities including dancing.

Bar owners said that police have been clamping down on black people and Mongolians, who are sometimes implicated in drug dealing and prostitution, as part of an Olympic clean-up campaign that they and locals fear will make for a secure but sterile Games.

Maggies, Beijing’s most notorious expatriate bar, referred to as the “Mongolian embassy” because of its popularity with Mongolian prostitutes and Western men, was shut suddenly about two months ago after a reported murder.

The gay bar Destination has also been ordered to shut down its dance bar until further notice.

And in a separate move, the Ministry of Public Security announced at the start of the month that from October 1, discos, karaoke bars and other entertainment venues must install transparent partitions in previously private rooms, and ensure staff dress more modestly as part of an effort to crack down on prostitution and drugs.

The Minister of Culture announced on Thursday that all overseas entertainers who have ever attended activities that “threaten national sovereignty” will be banned. This follows an outburst by Icelandic singer Bjork at a Shanghai concert on March 2, which sparked an official investigation.

Bjork shouted out, “Tibet, Tibet,” after performing her song Declare Independence.

A notice on the Ministry’s website on Thursday said that entertainers who “threaten national unity”, “whip up ethnic hatred”, “violate religious policy or cultural norms” or “advocate obscenity or feudalism and superstition” will be banned. “Feudalism and superstition” are often code words used by the Chinese Government to refer to Tibetans loyal to the Dalai Lama. The move follows the detention of several prominent Tibetan singers.

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Nazi Security Checkpoints In China For Olympics
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-d..5/AR2008071500579_pf.html

Olympics 2008: ‘Ring of steel’ security surrounds Beijing
http://www.telegraph.c..7-security-surrounds-Beijing.html

China May Modify Weather For Olympics
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-07/15/content_8550739.htm

 



North Korea gives Olympic torch a rare welcome

North Korea gives Olympic torch a rare welcome

Haroon Siddique
London Guardian
April 28, 2008


The Olympic torch has made a peaceful procession through North Korea, where the regime is an ally of China. In a reversal of protests that have dogged the flame’s world tour, thousands of cheering people lined the 12-mile route through the capital, Pyongyang, waving pink paper flowers and small flags with the Beijing Olympics logo and chanting: “Welcome, welcome.”

The scenes were in stark contrast to those seen yesterday in the South Korean capital, Seoul, where clashes broke out between 500 Chinese students and about 50 demonstrators criticising Beijing’s policies.

The students threw stones and water bottles as some 2,500 police tried to keep the two sides apart. A North Korean defector covered himself with petrol and tried to set himself on fire, but police restrained and carried him away.

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, was not seen at today’s event in Pyongyang. Pak Hak Son, chairman of the north’s Olympic committee, told Japan’s Kyodo news agency that despite his absence Jong was “paying great interest to the success of the Olympic torch relay”.

Protests against human rights abuses and state repression were notably absent on the route through North Korea, which has criticised the disruption to the flame’s progress elsewhere and supported Beijing in its crackdown against protests in Tibet.

“We express our basic position that while some impure forces have opposed China’s hosting of the event and have been disruptive. We believe that constitutes a challenge to the Olympic idea,” Pak said.

The UN children’s agency Unicef had been asked to participate in the North Korean leg of the relay but withdrew in March, saying it was not sure the event would help its mission of raising awareness of conditions for children.

 



Chinese Military Thugs Police Torch Relays


Chinese Paramilitary Thugs Policed London Torch Relay

Outrage after British government allowed members of China’s internal security force to manhandle protesters

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
April 9, 2008

Fresh outrage has erupted over the Olympic torch procession after it emerged that the blue-clad thugs witnessed manhandling protesters and barking orders during the torch relay in London were Chinese paramilitary police hired by Beijing and the British government to quell demonstrations.

Officially know as the 29th Olympic Games Torch Relay Flame Protection Unit, this gaggle of bullies were in actual fact, “Picked from special police units of the People’s Armed Police, China’s internal security force.”

The requirements for the job: to be “tall, handsome, mighty, in exceptional physical condition similar to that of professional athletes,” the state-run China News Service said.

The government-hired heavies were also taught to bark a few words of English for the purposes of ordering around torch bearers.

This cadre of gang members honed their expertise in martial arts, marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat, and are trained to brutally suppress demonstrations and farmer’s uprisings in China which routinely result in the slaughter of scores of protesters who dare stand up to the Communist police state.

Hiring foreign paramilitary thug cops to police the streets of our cities is not only flagrantly illegal, it is a telltale sign that we too are living in an oppressive police state.

This is a damning indictment of the attitude the British Labour Party, self-proclaimed “liberals,” holds toward the notion of freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble in the UK.

Since the British government effectively outlawed the right to protest with the passage of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act of 2005, demonstrators have taken it upon themselves to flout an unjust law that is anathema to any basic notion of freedom or human rights.

Knowing that any rough treatment towards the Tibetan protesters by the British police would reflect badly on the government’s tattered reputation, Labour gratefully acquiesced to Beijing’s demand to ship in some of China’s most brutal thug cops in order to do their dirty work for them.

Shadow home secretary David Davis wrote a letter to Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, yesterday and demanded to know who’s decision it was to unleash these animals onto British streets.

“They were seen manhandling protesters. They even accompanied the torch into Downing Street,” said Davis.

These blue-clad goons did not only physically assault demonstrators, but even metered out their bullying tactics to Olympic officials and the torch bearers themselves.

A CBC News report compiled eyewitness reports of the thugs’ behavior.

Yolaine De La Bigne, a French environmental journalist who was a torchbearer in Paris, told The Associated Press she tried to wear a headband with a Tibetan flag, but the Chinese agents ripped it away from her.

“It was seen and then, after four seconds, all the Chinese security pounced on me. There were at least five or six (of them). They started to get angry” and shouted “No! No! No!” in English, she said.

De La Bigne tried to push several agents away as they grabbed her arm. She said two French athletes who are martial arts experts tried to help her and clashed briefly with the security detail.

The chairman of the London 2012 Games, Sebastian Coe, was even more blunt.

“They tried to push me out of the way three times. They are horrible. They did not speak English. They were thugs,” Coe, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was quoted as saying in British media. A spokeswoman for the London 2012 Olympics committee confirmed that Coe was quoted accurately, but added that he thought he was making private comments.

“They were barking orders at me, like ’Run! Stop! This! That!’ and I was like, ’Oh my gosh, who are these people?”’ former television host Konnie Huq told British Broadcasting Corp. radio about her encounter with the men in blue during London’s leg of the relay Sunday.

This is just the latest example of how one element of globalization, the exchange of policing and troop deployment between countries, is conditioning people to accept foreign troops.

Before the 2006 soccer World Cup, the British government allowed uniformed German police to be on UK soil to identify “potential troublemakers” who were planning on traveling to the tournament.

Before the event, Germany’s interior minister changed the country’s constitution to allow internal troop deployments for “security” reasons.

As part of NATO exercises in September 2003, armed Ukrainian and French soldiers were running checkpoints and harassing members of the public in Scotland.

Alex Jones has attended numerous military urban warfare training drills across the U.S. where role players were used to simulate arresting American citizens and taking them to internment camps. Foreign troops were routinely invited to join the training exercises.

Accepting the deployment of Chinese paramilitary thug cops to police a public event in Britain is completely illegal and indicates that Britons are living under a state of martial law and de-facto military occupation.

Despite empty rhetoric in the media on behalf of western governments supposedly slapping China on the hand for its human rights abuses, the real picture has now emerged.

The UK, the U.S. and China are one of a kind when it comes to using paramilitary police thugs and martial law tactics to silence dissent – and the governments of the three countries are joined at the hip in their efforts to stamp down the jackboot on the right to demonstrate against abuses of the state.

 

Police State Torch Run

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
April 9, 2008

In San Francisco, the authorities were so worried about the prospect of thousands of people expressing their outrage over Tibet and China’s flagrant human rights violations they changed the Olympic torch relay route. It was a sneaky, last minute change that denied the people of San Francisco a chance to participate in the torch relay event, an event introduced by the Nazis at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

It would seem our rulers, not unlike the Nazis, put a lot of credence in what is essentially a pagan event. The Olympic Flame commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus. A fire permanently burned on the altar of Hestia in Olympia, Greece, in ancient times. During the Olympic Games, which honored Zeus, additional fires were lit at his temple and that of his wife, Hera. The modern Olympic flame is ignited at the site where the temple of Hera once stood.

But so much for the history lesson. In San Francisco this afternoon, pagan symbolism was difficult to make out, as it was buried under a phalanx of SWAT cops, regular cops mounted on bikes, motorcycles, and marching on foot, not to mention tightly surrounded by Chinese secret police in snazzy tracksuits. In fact, after watching a helicopter video feed on CNN, it appears the preponderance of SFPD cops were on hand to provide “security” — from the vagaries of the First Amendment — not only for the torch runners but the detachment of Chinese PAP, short for People’s Armed Police, as well.

Time reports:

The tracksuit-clad Sacred Torch Guard Team was drawn from China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police, which is used for internal security. The group formed last August and trained by running six miles daily. While their chief mission is to protect the flame, they’ve also cracked down on protesters. Sebastian Coe, a two-time medalist and chairman of the London Games in 2012, called them “thugs” and said they tried to push him. A torchbearer in Paris, environmental journalist Yolaine De La Bigne, told the Associated Press that the team snatched away the Tibetan flag headband she was wearing.

It might be expected that PAP and China’s ruling clique might get away with this in China, even Europe, but here in the United States?

Of course they can get away with it. Because the United States is but a mere shadow of what it was even fifty years ago and today few know what national sovereignty is. Now the corporate media feels obliged to make comments in passing about the “heavy security” at such events but does not bother to follow this aside through — an observer not brainwashed by years of unrelenting police state propaganda supposedly inspired by the horrific events of cave dwelling terrorists, the heavy presence of black-clad cops, including a close quarter SWAT contingent, would be reminded of a police state.

It was breathtaking how easily China’s PAP goons interacted with San Francisco’s finest, the latter who spent at least a little time pushing and shoving a pathetic handful of demonstrators who managed to discover the last minute route change. But then, with every passing day, the U.S. and China become more and more alike, including the same overriding contempt for free speech and dissent.

But then they both have the same bastard father — the New World Order. David Rockefeller was deadly serious when he declared in 2001 that the relationship between China and the United States “is one of the most important bilateral relations in the world. Although US-China relations have experienced misunderstanding in recent years, he said, he is glad to see the recent encouraging improvement in this respect.”

In other words, much of the world misunderstands China’s torture of prisoners, its organ harvest program, its policy of forced abortion, its restrictions on free speech and political organizing, its absence of due process, its suppression of religion, its arbitrary detention of dissidents, and its obsessive use of the death penalty, even for nonviolent property crimes such as theft, embezzlement and forgery.

David Rockefeller, the international bankers, and transnational corporations are not concerned with any of this, of course, as their focus is upon the China Model — that is to say, China’s successful effort to turn the most populated country in the world into a sprawling industrialized slave labor gulag churning out a nearly unimaginable number of “consumer goods, ” never mind the lead paint, heavy metals and other toxins.

And that’s one reason the Olympic torch relay was hemmed in by cops and secret police — because the U.S. does not want to upset the Chinese, who often react violently at the least provocation, or opposition to their totalitarianism, at any rate.

Finally, it should be added that China practically owns the United States. It holds over $1 trillion in dollar denominated assets, of which $330 billion are U.S. Treasury notes.

It’s not really a good idea to anger somebody who holds a large number of chits — and people filling the streets complaining about China’s notorious and multifaceted abuses certainly anger the Chicom leadership.

The Guardians Of The Flame Are From The Same Force Quelling The Riots In Tibet
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,546078,00.html

SF Welcomes China’s Secret Police
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/04/08/18491371.php

Chinese Paramilitary Cops Police Americans
http://infowars.net/articles/april2008/090408Chinese.htm

Chinese Paramilitary Force Protecting Torch
http://www.cbc.ca/cp/world/080408/w040863A.html

Olympic torch fiasco: Lord Coe blasts ’horrible Chinese thugs’ who barged their way through London
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv..id=557941&in_page_id=1770

Unmasked: Chinese guardians of Olympic torch
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3671368.ece

 



Summary of the Olympic Torch Relay Protests

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

http://youtube.com/watch?v=t_QqtMVGC3Y

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hRHofFA7vuQ

 

Protestor grabs Olympic torch as it journeys through London

Scott Anthony
The Observer
April 6, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ojXr6BTAjow

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

http://youtube.com/watch?v=wzao9-BRYxI

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”.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-qwaYlqlqjo

 

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!”.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pwVQuJs8EsY

 

Dalai Lama backs Olympics, says violence outdated

Chisa Fujioka

Reuters
April 10, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-7z_-wqAV2Q

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