Monday, March 24, 2008

Tibetan protests mar Olympic torch lighting ceremony

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Times of India
BEIJING: The traditional Olympic torch lighting ceremony in Greece was on Monday marred by mounting protests against Chinese rule in Tibet as Beijing vowed to carry the flame to the world's highest peak, Mount Everest as planned.

Tibet activist groups have called for stopping the Olympic torch relay from passing through the restive Himalayan region swamped by the Chinese military to crush the most volatile protests against its rule since 1989.

The ruling Communist leadership has promised the international community that it would ensure a smooth run-up to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Beijing is keen that successful games will bolster its international image. Full Article Link

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