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Beijing insists Tibet leg of Olympic torch relay will go ahead

April 10, 2008

InTheNews.co.uk, UK
Wednesday, 09 Apr 2008

The Tibet leg of the Olympic torch relay will go ahead as planned, the
region's chairman said on Wednesday.

Qiangba Puncog's insistence comes despite the likelihood of protests as
the flame passes through San Francisco after anti-China demonstrations
in London and Paris.

China has already vowed to "severely punish" anyone activists planning
to demonstrate as torchbearers travel through China.

"I have noticed that recently some secessionists made some activities in
London and Paris," Mr Qiangba told state media.

"I don't doubt [protestors] will create trouble during the torch relay
in Tibet," Mr Qiangba said.

The Olympic torch is due to travel through Tibet on June 19th to 21st.

Dozens of people were arrested in the UK and French capitals as attempts
were made to grab the flame from torchbearers, leading to the torch
being extinguished in Paris.

Protests have already been witnessed in San Francisco, which has the
largest Chinese community of any major US city.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets in the Californian
city as the torch makes its way along the six-mile route at 13:00 local
time (20:00 BST).

On Monday seven demonstrators were arrested for attaching a huge "free
Tibet" banner on to the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The International Olympic Committee is meeting in Beijing this week to
decide whether to scrap the remaining overseas legs of the torch relay.

Activists have been protesting against China's rule in Tibet, where
earlier this year demonstrations were suppressed by troops.

The Tibetan government in exile says Chinese security forces opened fire
on marchers, while Beijing said the protests were a law and order issue
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