Monday, March 31, 2008

News Comparison: Protest at Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

http://news.google.com/
Keyword: JOKHANG

Source:REUTERS
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSPEK24297420080328
China will not punish the 30 Tibetan monks who disrupted a government-organized foreign media tour of Lhasa. Each side claims the other is lying to the media. Article mentions Dalai Lama quote: "I assure you I have no desire to seek Tibet's separation. Nor do I have any wish to drive a wedge between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples."
China: 19 people died in riots.
Tibet: 140 people died in riots.

Source:ASSOCIATED PRESS
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h5Z6bJwtN_roGSIUQiQnfbf2NkhgD8VLH6KG1
30 Tibetan monks disrupted a media tour organized by the Chinese government. Article focuses on the devastation in Lhasa. Currently China denies US diplomats access to Lhasa.
China: 22 people died in riots.
Tibet: 140 people died in riots.

Source:VOICE OF AMERICA
http://voanews.com/english/2008-03-28-voa9.cfm
China says it will not punish the Tibetan monks who approached the foreign media tour of Lhasa, but confirms the temple is locked down by special forces. China is concerned the monks will interfere with the Olympic torch relay.

Source:XINHUA
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/28/content_7877279.htm
An "international media delegation" toured Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. Article focuses on where the journalists came from and the destruction to property.
China: 19 people died in riots.
Tibet: no mention.
Briefly: "Their trip was disrupted by a group of monks at the Jokhang Temple on Thursday morning, but soon resumed."

Source:TELEGRAPH
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/27/wtibet127.xml
Emotional article depicts monks who protested at the foreign media tour of Lhasa. China claims that protests have been orchestrated by Dalai Lama.
President Bush, US, intends to attend Olympic Games opening ceremony.
PM Donald Tusk, Poland, will not attend opening ceremony.
President Vaclav Klaus, Czech Rep., will not attend opening ceremony.

Source:BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7316205.stm
Interesting collection of quotes from other news sources:
USA Today; Associated Press (Beijing); China Daily; Financial Times; one refused to be identified.

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