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Tibetan leg of torch relay reduced from three days to one

June 20, 2008

Reporters Without Borders
June 19, 2008

The Tibetan leg of the Olympic torch relay, originally scheduled for
19-21 June, has been reduced to just one day, on 21 June in Lhasa,
spokesperson Zhu Jing of the Beijing Organising Committee for the
Olympic Games (BOCOG) announced today.

Zhu refused to say whether the change was prompted by security
concerns following last March's uprising in the province and the
ensuing crackdown. The authorities have reportedly being carrying out
arrests in Tibet in order to prevent any protests on 21 June.

"We will make proper arrangements for media coverage of the relay in
Lhasa," Zhu said.

Lhasa has been off-limits for foreign journalists for the past three
months and only 50 will be allowed to cover the relay leg there.
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