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
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