» 08/06/2008, 00.00
The Olympic torch arrives in Beijing, amid tight security and expropriations
Yang Liwei, the first Chinese astronaut and basketball star Yao Ming are the first to carry the flame. Beijing residents are invited to remain at home to avoid problems. “Great China” is on the world stage. A group of protesters take to Tiananmen Square against the expropriation of their houses.
01/04/2008 INDIA – CHINA
The captain of the Indian Soccer team boycotts the Olympic torch
Bhaichung Bhutia will not carry the Olympic symbol during its passage through India, in protest at the Chinese authority’s use of violence in Tibet. He is the second athlete to send a sign to Beijing.
State media claim Chinese “disgusted” by Spielberg’s boycott
For the Chinese Embassy in Washington, tying China to the Darfur issue is “unreasonable, irresponsible and unfair.” IOC President Jacques Rogge signs Nobel Prize laureates’ appeal in favour of Darfur. Chinese activists call for greater respect for human rights at home.
Police arrest 200 protesters in Guizhou revolt
At least 10 thousand protesters burned 3 government offices and 12 cars. Police cover up of the rape and assassination of a 15 year old girl by son of a local government official behind the protests led by hundreds of students.
07/04/2008 CHINA – FRANCE – UK
The torch in Paris amid protests and tight security
The “journey of harmony” has been transformed into an obstacle course. “Paris like Tiananmen Square”, strictly controlled by security officers and anti-riot police. In London 37 protesters are arrested for protesting against Chinese actions in Darfur and Tibet
Xinjiang, sixteen dead in a terrorist attack by Muslim separatists
This morning two grenades hit a check point on the North West frontier, a majority Muslim area theatre of violence in the past weeks. The news was reported by the state agency Xinhua, but AFP sources fail to confirm the episode.
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