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Beijing on guard against Tibet protestors as Olympic torch arrives

April 1, 2008

By Richard Spencer in Beijing, United Kingdom

Beijing is braced for demonstrations today when the Olympic torch
arrives in China after protesters once again disrupted Olympic
ceremonies in Greece.

Security will be tighter than normal in Tiananmen Square - where
pro-democracy protests in 1989 were crushed by force - for a ceremony to
welcome the Olympic flame.

The torch will then leave on a four-month worldwide relay that includes
stops in Tibet.

In Athens yesterday, a small group of pro-Tibet protesters were arrested
as they tried to unfurl a banner as the torch was passed to Liu Qi, head
of Beijing's organising committee.

More than 2,000 police were on duty to prevent a repeat of last week's
scenes when three protesters from Reporters Without Borders disrupted a
ceremony at Olympia.

Beijing attempted to regain the initiative in the debate over Tibet
yesterday by accusing the "Dalai Lama clique" of refusing to discuss its

State media claimed that a Tibetan arrested in Lhasa, the capital, had
confessed to orchestrating protests on behalf of the Tibetan government
in exile.

A group of 14 Beijing-based diplomats was given a guided tour of Lhasa
and taken to shops and schools set on fire during the disturbances.

Sporadic unrest was still being reported, with a fracas in central Tibet
on Saturday amid checks on ID papers by police.

About 200 Tibetans were beaten back by police as they tried to storm the
Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, yesterday.

Protests in Lhasa, earlier this month against Chinese rule escalated
into widespread rioting. Beijing says rioters killed 18 civilians and
two policemen but Tibetan leaders say that at up to 140 protesters were
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