3 of 30 from the Open Tibet series.
Above: An image from the second floor of the Jokhang Temple in central Lhasa. This was shot around 8am after slowly taking in the ground floor, huddled together with all of the Tibetan pilgrims mid-prayer. Most of the inner spaces are lit only by candle, so suddenly coming upon these beams of sunlight was quite shocking.
The Jokhang is the same temple in front of which monks disrupted a foreign media tour with emotional pleas right after the Lhasa protests and riots.
Recent news: Tibetan monks disrupt another Chinese media tour:
The disruption, in the city of Xiahe in Gansu Province, was another unexpected public relations setback for China, and marked the second time that monks have upstaged government efforts to control foreign media tours of Tibetan areas.
Whereas in San Francisco, protests are already in full swing ahead of the Wednesday (today) running of the Olympic torch:
San Francisco is the only U.S. stop for the torch relay, where it wraps up the first week of a 23-city international tour.
San Francisco is on its toes.
An Open Tibet: 2 / 30
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