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China Frees More Than 1,100 Tibetan Protesters

Posted on Jun 20, 2008
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Tibetan protesters march in the streets of Lhasa in March before violent repression sparked unrest in the capital city.

Probably in an effort to calm tensions before the Olympic torch runs through Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa, the Chinese government released over 1,100 people alleged to have been involved in March’s unrest, which brought the world’s attention to the country and left several dozen people dead.

The BBC:

The official Xinhua news agency quoted a senior official saying those freed had been held for minor offences connected with the unrest in March.

The announcement came one day before the Olympic torch relay reaches the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

In March, Buddhist monks led anti-Beijing rallies in Lhasa which grew into widespread unrest among Tibetans.

China says rioters killed at least 19 people in the unrest, but Tibetan exiles say security forces killed dozens of people.

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By PatrickHenry, June 22, 2008 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

And how long have those suspected “terrorists” journalists and others? been rotting away in Guantanamo, Diego Garcia, on board Navy ships and a host of other outsourced facilities where their basic human rights are ignored.

How far this country has fallen under this congress, administration and court.

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By Roger Lafontaine, June 22, 2008 at 4:47 am Link to this comment
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This was a smart move by China, totally ignored by the Western media though they jumped all over China and would love to keep on demonizing them. I don’t believe they are getting any closer to the Dalai Lama’s position though, but I think it shows he was right in trying to calm things down rather than take them into hysterics as the West would like.

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By cyrena, June 20, 2008 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment

Humm..very typical of the Chinese regime. They are political animals in ways that most of us in the West haven’t quite figured out yet.

but yeah, i’m sure this is because of the politics of the Olympic activities.

Whatever works, for however long it works, is what we have to appreciate here. No promises of anything long term though..

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