A carefully orchestrated reception for foreign journalists in Lhasa today was disrupted by shouting Buddhist monks. Charles Hutzler reports for the Associated Press that "The outburst by a group of 30 monks in red robes came as the journalists, including an Associated Press reporter, were being shown around the Jokhang Temple — one of Tibet's holiest shrines — by government handlers in Lhasa."
The government handlers shouted at the journalists to leave the area. The monks pressed on, telling the journalists that His Holiness the Dalai Lama had nothing to do with the recent violence in Tibet. The government of China has blamed His Holiness for orchestrating the demonstrations. One monk yelled "Tibet is not free! Tibet is not free!" and then wept. See also this account of the monks' protest by Jonathan Watts of The Guardian.
Elsewhere in the news: The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy claims that a monk in Ramoche monastery in Lhasa has starved to death. A 12-day blockade has kept food and water from being delivered to the monks, TCHRD says. Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that "China has announced plans to strengthen its 'patriotic education' campaign in Tibetan monasteries." Tibetans fear a "purge."
Photo Caption: An activist protests near the Chinese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, against China's violent suppression of dissent in Tibet.
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