3 September, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 04/23/2008
CHINA - TIBET
The misadventures of the Olympic torch on Everest
Reduced access and cancelled appointments for journalists; no permission to film anything except for the torch climbing to the roof of the world. China fears new uprisings and pro-Tibet demonstrations.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The presence of foreign media on Everest to follow the journey of the Olympic torch will be reduced, officially because of "uncertain weather conditions", but many think that it is out of fear of demonstrations in favour of Tibet.

Yesterday, the spokesman of the Bocog (Beijing Olympic organising committee) announced that journalists who were planning to leave on April 22 to follow the event on the highest mountain in the world will need to delay their departure for at least four more days.

The greeting ceremony for the journey of the torch to the roof of the world, which was supposed to take place at a base camp at 5,500 metres, has also been cancelled.  The only event still planned is the journey of the torch itself.  And finally, the journalists who are following the event will be able to stay in Tibet for only 13-14 days in all.

The changes in the plan, which was set up three months ago, are officially due to bad weather conditions on the mountain.  But according to accredited reporters, the change in the program demonstrates China's reluctance to bring prying eyes into the Tibetan region, which has been isolated for more than a month, after the uprising of the monks in Lhasa and in the nearby regions.

"This has nothing to do with the situation in Tibet", says Wang Hui, a Bocog spokeswoman. "It's all because of the uncertain weather conditions. Mount Qomolangma [the Chinese name for Everest] is not a place where many people can go".

Before the uprisings in March, the ascent of the torch to Mount Everest was publicised as the climax of the sensationalism and appeal of these Olympics.

China has prepared a special torch for the ascent of Everest, one that is different from the torch used so far and is capable of handling the high mountain atmosphere, with its possible strong winds.

According to the reporters, the new plan does not permit them the necessary time to acclimate themselves to the temperatures and altitude. Bocog officials have not responded to these concerns.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
08/04/2008 INDIA - TIBET - CHINA - NEPAL
Tibetan Olympic torch, sign of freedom and justice
by Nirmala Carvalho
05/08/2008 CHINA - TIBET
The torch on the roof of the world, to celebrate Chinese greatness
04/26/2008 CHINA - TIBET - JAPAN
World leaders applaud the announcement of talks between China and the Dalai Lama
12/09/2008 CHINA - TIBET - UE
Beijing asks Sarkozy government to "take effective steps to mend its errors"
05/03/2008 CHINA - TIBET
Beijing will have Tibetans carry the torch on Everest

Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.