Activists: Tibet Lockdown Worsens During Games

In a briefing issued Monday, an activist group detailed alleged abuses by Chinese authorities in Tibet that have occurred since the start of the Olympic Games.

The Free Tibet Campaign describes a heavy military presence, barriers to travel, surveillance and restrictions on telephone and email communications in Tibet that it says is designed "to quash what would be highly embarrassing protests during the Beijing Olympics."

"China has turned large parts of Tibet into a virtual prison for the duration of the Games," Matt Whitticase, a spokesperson for Free Tibet Campaign, said in a statement. "Curfews, confinement of monks to their monasteries and the shooting of Tibetan women are a clear violation of the very spirit of the Olympics."

These actions contradict "previous claims by both the Chinese government and the OC that bringing the Games to China would lead inevitably to an improvement in human rights throughout he country," the organization said.

--Ariana Eunjung Cha

August 18, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  | Category:  Postmark Beijing
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Posted by: Critics | August 18, 2008 1:28 PM

This is pure propaganda of the pro-Tibet group to distract attention from one of the most successful Olympics games in history. These sensational accusations are subjective without any evidence to back up. Editors of WP should be reminded that their job is to report, not to become a tool of anti-China activist propaganda.

Posted by: Geja | August 18, 2008 4:04 PM

"Editors of WP should be reminded that their job is to report, not to become a tool of anti-China activist propaganda."

As opposed to you being a tool of pro-China propaganda?

I am certain that you know true propaganda when you see it. Looks like you have made a career out of it...

Posted by: To Geja | August 18, 2008 4:14 PM

Posted by: Ethan Vesely-Flad | August 19, 2008 10:33 PM

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