Agam's Gecko
Monday, March 24, 2008

Tibet supporter ran around the Beijing Olympic Committee chairman as he was speaking during the torch lighting ceremony today. He carried a banner behind the chairman before a number of officials hustled him off the field. The camera immediately switched to a view of another part of the park. The Chinese contingent at the ceremony appeared quite startled.

China protested at ceremony
Protester with Olympic handcuff rings banner, as Beijing Committee president Liu Qi looks on.
Photo: AP / Petros Giannakouris

he protesters were three members of the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), including the group's secretary general Robert Menard.
"If the Olympic flame is sacred, human rights are even more so," the group said in a statement. "We cannot let the Chinese government seize the Olympic flame, a symbol of peace, without denouncing the dramatic situation of human rights in the country."
RSF has been outspoken in its reaction to the forcible elimination of all journalists attempting to work in Tibetan areas, since the Chinese military operations there began.

Tenzin Dorjee, deputy director of Students for a Free Tibet was detained by police in the nearby village of Olympia, along with a Greek photographer who was with him.
"I was just arrested by over 20 Greek undercover officers. I am now held at the police station," he told Reuters.


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