An Open Tibet: 3 / 30

April 10, 2008

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.

When the flame arrived in the city Tuesday, thousands of people -- chanting slogans and waving banners -- demonstrated against China's human rights record, including its treatment of Tibet.

A day earlier, three protesters scaled suspension cables on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and unfurled a large banner that read "One World. One Dream. Free Tibet." The demonstrators used baby carriages to sneak the banners and climbing equipment past police.

San Francisco is on its toes.

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