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Protests go global ahead of Beijing Games

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Protests go global ahead of Beijing Games


The eyes of the world will be fixed on Beijing for today’s Olympic opening ceremony but voices of protest will still be heard across the planet.

Hundreds of demonstrators joined a march in Dharmsala, India, in support of the exiled Tibetan government, which is based in the city.

In Taiwan, around 50 Tibetan activists held a candle-lit vigil urging China to respect human rights.

In Europe, rallies are planned for later today in London, Stockholm, Lisbon, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

A Pro-Tibet demonstration was held yesterday outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

In Paris, the Chinese embassy will be out of bounds to protesters today but events have been organised elsewhere in the city.

North American activists turned out at rallies in Washington and Toronto.

Even in Beijing, the NGO “Reporters Without Borders” managed an invisible protest: a pirate radio broadcast that condemned the Chinese regime’s iron grip on news media.

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