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Swiss police order Tibetan flag removed from Davos shop

February 2, 2009

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 DPA

Davos, Switzerland - Swiss police forced a Davos shop owner to remove a
flag of Tibet from the window of her store, but she managed to keep
writings of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan prayer books in the window, the
shopkeeper told Swiss radio DRS Thursday. She said the incident happened
on Wednesday, the day the World Economic Forum annual meetings got
underway in the Swiss resort town. Among the prominent international
visitors this year is Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. China is opposed to
Tibetan autonomy.

The store owner, Margit Merz, said Swiss police threatened to confiscate
the items if she did not obey. She said she managed to persuade them to
let her keep the Daila Lama books and Tibetan prayer books in place, but
police insisted that the Tibetan flag be removed.
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