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Monks Disrupt Propaganda Tour of Lhasa

By March 27, 2008

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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.

Photo Credit: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

March 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm
(1) Don Comeau says:

You can not trust the Chinese (Communist)Government. Whats wrong whith our Government they know this but don’t do anything. Power and politics. (YUK)

March 28, 2008 at 11:08 am
(2) Lisa says:

You got it Don. This has been going on since the 50′s. So we fight war after war to rid the world of Communism but let China take over the manufacture of our products, the education of their people and generally kiss their butts. All the while they have taken over a small peaceful land and practically irradicated the Buddhist way of life and worship. WE must boycot the Olypics. I can’t believe the Olypic Committee would allow such a thing in the first place. I say boycot China altogether and we should rely on ourselves.

March 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm
(3) elizabeth says:
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