Tuesday, April 8, 2008

It's A Case Of:

He They Say... She We Say

…or how the current events are being portrayed in the local press. Apparently there’re only been minor problems according to the local newspaper and since CNN is almost automatically blanked out as soon as T1b3t (and/or TWN) are mentioned we could really be in the unknown, thankfully for Anonymouse.

Warm reception in cold London
"LONDON: Olympic fever yesterday gripped snowy London - host of the 2012 Summer Games - on the latest leg of the torch relay's global odyssey.
Despite the bad weather, the flame received a particularly warm welcome from crowds in the city, which is celebrating the centenary of the hosting of the 1908 Games.[…] Torch relay spokesman Qu Yingpu added: "Despite the snow, I am delighted to see so many people coming to welcome the sacred flame, and although there were some disruptions on the way, I want to say that this is not the place to voice anyone's political view."
British police foiled an attempt by a person to grab the torch and immediately took him away. He was among the 25 who tried to disrupt the torch relay and were detained for public order offences, police said.
Police commander Jo Kaye said there had been a "small number of criminal attempts to disrupt the safety, security and safe passage of the torch". But they were no deterrent to thousands of Londoners, and a large number of Chinese working or studying here, who packed the streets and cheered the torch on its way around the city.”

French passion greets torch in Paris
“PARIS: The run toward Beijing 2008 continued yesterday - the seventh day into the torch relay - with the Paris leg starting from Eiffel Tower in the hometown of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics.
Tens of thousands of Parisians swarmed the streets while many waved and cheered, like their ancestors did in 1894 when foot races with torches were organized during an international congress for the restoration of the Olympic movement.[…]
Qu Yingpu, spokesman for the torch relay, said that the event started smoothly in Paris but encountered protests by Tibetan separatists during the process. Due to safety concerns and to safeguard the dignity of the torch, the relay team had to change the relay pattern and put the torch in a bus three times to complete the process smoothly, he said.”

16 more stops until the torch goes back to mainland China (it will stop in Hong Kong and Macau just before continuing its trip through 113 cities in China)

Still running...

UPDATE: In a twist of faith it turned out that the t1bet@n flags we’ve seen around the world were made in China!!

“Police in southern China have discovered a factory manufacturing Free Tibet flags, media reports say. The factory in Guangdong had been completing overseas orders for the flag of the t1bet@n government-in-exile. Workers said they thought they were just making colourful flags and did not realise their meaning. But then some of them saw TV images of protesters holding the emblem and they alerted the authorities, according to Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper.”

Made in China!!