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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

NZ lawmaker clashes with Chinese security

June 21, 2010

June 18, 2010

WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- A New Zealand lawmaker
holding a Tibetan flag clashed on Friday with
Chinese officials during a visit by China's vice
president to the country's parliament, local media reported.

Russel Norman, co-leader of the minority Green
Party, was holding the flag and calling out for
democracy in Tibet as Xi Jinping arrived at the
parliament building for a round of official meetings.

A small group of China supporters, including
several identified as security officials, tried
to block Norman with an umbrella and then grabbed
the Tibetan flag from him, media said.

"I think it's pretty outrageous that Chinese
security can come to our country and push around
an elected member of parliament simply because we
are standing up for democracy and freedom in our
own country on our own parliamentary grounds,"
the NZ Press Association reported Norman as saying after the incident.

Norman said he was roughed up and his flag
trampled, and he would make a complaint to New
Zealand parliamentary officials about his treatment.

Xi Jinping is on a short visit to New Zealand
with a large delegation of business executives and officials.

(Reporting by Gyles Beckford; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
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