China Parades Olympic Torch In Heavily Guarded Capital Of Tibet

From Los Angeles Times:

China paraded the Olympic torch through the Tibetan capital Saturday in defiance of critics who called it a provocative move that could undermine the fragile peace in the Himalayan region three months after the government suppressed violent anti-China protests there.

Lhasa remained under virtual lockdown as security forces guarded the carefully selected crowds that cheered the scaled-down two-hour-plus relay from Norbulingka, a traditional Tibetan square, to the Potala Palace, the former seat of power of ’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

The torch relay has been dogged by controversy since it began in Greece in March. What was designed as a worldwide goodwill tour showcasing a rising new China has become a magnet for trouble.

Further reading:

Olympic torch paraded through Tibet” from AP

Olympic torch in Tibetan capital amid tight security” from AFP

Heavily Guarded Olympic Torch Is Conveyed Through Tibetan Capital” from Washington Post.

Olympic flame reaches Lhasa but Tibetans are kept in dark” from The Times.

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