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Chinese stage show of force in Tibet

November 26, 2008

Compiled from news dispatches
News Day (New York)
November 25, 2008

Chinese paramilitary police with riot shields and batons abruptly
took up posts yesterday on the main street of the Tibetan town of
Xiahe, disrupting the bustle of Buddhist pilgrims in a reminder of
China's determined control of the region. The show of force was meant
to deter unrest while a local court sentenced a group of Tibetans for
taking part in large anti-government protests in March in Xiahe, a
small town abutting a sprawling complex of golden-roofed temples. The
trial also seemed timed to answer the complaints of the Dalai Lama
and other exiled leaders meeting in India that Tibetans' patience
with China's domination was thinning.

Modest opposition gains in state and local elections, coupled with
sagging oil prices, could hamper President Hugo Chávez as he lays the
groundwork for a new attempt to persuade Venezuelans to do away with
term limits. The opposition won five of 22 states up for grabs,
including the two biggest, Miranda and Zulia, as well as mayoral
races in the two largest cities. Chávez nevertheless said at a news
conference last night that Sunday's vote showed that Venezuelans want
him to press ahead with his socialist policies.

A man who confessed to the stabbing death of a former health official
sent an e-mail, published yesterday in Japanese newspapers, that
accuses the ministry of killing his childhood pet dog. In the e-mail,
which Takeshi Koizumi, 46, apparently sent to several media outlets
before turning himself in, he says he was not seeking revenge for the
Health Ministry's mishandling of millions of pension records, a
motive police say they are still pursuing. They have also been
investigating whether the crime is related to the stabbing of another
former health official's wife. Both bureaucrats were instrumental in
setting up the pension system, and its mishandling stripped many
Japanese of their retirement funds.

Thousands of demonstrators shut down Thailand's parliament yesterday,
but even as protest leaders declared victory, they warned that their
"final struggle" to oust the elected government will only get more
intense. There were only minor scuffles as the People's Alliance for
Democracy blockaded the parliament building in their campaign to
force the resignation of Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat. Police
were under strict orders to avoid the use of force.
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