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Domestic turmoil over Tibet announcement

December 19, 2009

Thursday, 17 December 2009 12:18 RC News

Government?s controversial statement of opposition to Tibetan
independence causing ripples within parties

Human rights groups across the globe have slammed Denmark?s government
this week for announcing it supports China?s authority over Tibet ? a
move political analysts believe was aimed at securing Chinese
involvement in a climate agreement at the COP15 conference.

But the outcry has also been strong at home, where especially many of
the Socialist People?s Party?s (SF) supporters have expressed their
displeasure over the party?s decision to go along with the
Liberal-Conservative government?s announcement on Sunday.

Several of the party?s PMs have indicated their staunch opposition to
the SF leadership?s position, and are angered that the issue was never
discussed with them.

?I can?t understand why the party would agree to support this position,?
said SF?s cultural affairs spokeswoman Pernille Frahm. ?We?ve never
stated that Tibet is an integrated part of China.?

The Red-Green Alliance and Danish People?s Party were the only parties
to oppose to the government?s strategy ? also aimed at thawing the two
countries? frosty relations after both Prime Minister Lars L?kke
Rasmussen and his predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, met with the Dalai
Lama against China?s wishes.

But even some of the government-leading Liberal?s own party members were
taken aback by this week?s announcement.

?I?m definitely looking into the fact that the government has made a
diplomatic agreement on this issue,? said Liberal MP Britta Schall Holberg.

Willy S?vndal, SF?s leader, has been under heavy fire from party
supporters ? not only for his decision to support the government?s Tibet
announcement, but also for not speaking out strongly against the mass
arrests that have taken place in connection with the climate summit.
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