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China protest halts Bangladesh Tibet exhibition

November 5, 2009

November 2, 2009

DHAKA -- Bangladeshi police in the capital Dhaka
closed a photography exhibition on Tibet
following complaints from Chinese diplomats, the
government and organisers said Monday.

Shahidul Alam, who set up the exhibition "Into
Exile, Tibet 1949-2009," said the gallery doors
had been locked by police officers.

"We were scheduled to open on Sunday, but the
police didn't allow us inside," he told AFP.
"Chinese embassy officials had earlier come to
meet me and requested (that we) cancel the show."

Mohammad Imran, spokesman for the Bangladesh
foreign ministry, told AFP that "the Chinese
ambassador called on our foreign secretary and
formally expressed concern over the exhibition on Tibet."

Jointly organised with the Bangladesh branch of
Students for a Free Tibet, the exhibition was to
display pictures of Tibetans who had fled their
homeland because of Chinese rule.

Police chief Shah Alam told AFP they stopped the
show on the "orders from higher authorities."

The Chinese embassy in Dhaka could not be
contacted for comment though a spokesman told a
local newspaper that it had lodged a formal
protest with the Bangladeshi government -- a staunch ally of China.

"Bangladesh is a friend of China and supports
(the) one-China policy," the Chinese spokesman
told the Prothom Alo. "Tibet is an integral part
of China and we hope Bangladesh will not allow
its territory to be used against China."

China has ruled Tibet since 1951 after sending in
troops to "liberate" the region the previous year.
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