Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Tue 12, Nov 2019 10:54 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Tibetan man sentenced for sharing teachings of Dalai Lama through Wechat
Dalai Lama interacts with students, community leaders from Washington
First episode of Phayul Plus Video Report
Dalai Lama concludes three-day 'Heart Sutra' teaching for Koreans
Delegates question validity of Sino-Tibet dialogue at TSG meet
Tsugkahang Temple in Dharamshala to get its first elevator
Dalai Lama attends 600th birth anniversary of Gyudchen Dorjechang
China must be confronted: US Secretary of state Pompeo
China says it opposes “words and deeds” of US Ambassador who met the Dalai Lama
Tibetan youth club donates to CM relief fund for West Sikkim landslide last month
 Latest Photo News
Shrutika Sharma from Nainital, Uttrakhand, wins the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2019, seen with her are first runners up Shalika Rana and second runners up Sapna Devi. Oct. 13, 2019 Phayu Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Nearly 3000 Students from eight countries listened to teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Three day annual teachings for youth began today. June 3, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being escorted to the teaching site at Tsuglakhang temple, May 13, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
Olympic torch relay was 'triumph for democracy':press
AFP[Monday, April 07, 2008 13:35]
LONDON — The Beijing Olympics torch's "journey of harmony" through London was described as anything but in Monday's newspapers, which saw it more as a victory for democratic ideals.

Police battled to keep pro-Tibet demonstrators away from the flame as it passed through London on Sunday, arresting 37 protesters who tried to disrupt the high-security tour.

There were continual scuffles along the route as each member of the relay team of renowned British athletes, pop stars and television personalities handed over the flame to the next runner. Police on bikes and running alongside the flame escorted each member of the relay.

The Sun tabloid described the torch's journey through the British capital as a "triumph for democracy."

"We are lucky to live in a country that values its citizens' right to hold lawful, peaceful public protests."

"As holders of the next Games in 2012, Britain was right to show solidarity with the Olympic movement by allowing the flame to be paraded on our soil ... The flame is not a symbol of China. It's an Olympic symbol."

In its editorial on the subject, the Daily Mail wrote: "So ends an unedifying circus as the Olympic torch completes its 'journey of harmony and peace' through the streets of London, guarded every inch of the way by riot police and a phalanx of Chinese goons, flown in specially from Beijing."

"One thing is sure. This was a world away from the propaganda triumph for which China hoped.

"The protesters -- even if some undeniably went too far -- had every right to make their feelings known."

Similarly, Simon Barnes, a commentator for The Times, wrote that "if China didn't know it before, China certainly knows it now: you don't get the Olympic Games on your own terms."

"The Olympic torch relay was a showcase all right, but not for the glory of China. Rather it was a showcase for pro-Tibet protesters and even more so for the uncontrollable, turbulent and chaotic nature of a tolerant society."

The Daily Mirror sided with pro-Tibet protesters and wrote in its editorial that "China's appalling human rights record, beating and jailing dissenters or -- as we have seen in Tibet -- killing opponents, deserved the condemnation of yesterday's demonstrators."

It called for China to acknowledge "basic democratic rights and freedoms including the right to protest, which may strike some as ironic after yesterday's scenes".

The Independent, meanwhile, questioned whether the torch had a long-term future, given how much controversy it has attracted.

"To describe it as a torch of harmony ... is simply a misnomer," the paper wrote in its editorial.

"The question, which is germane for Britain ... is what to do with the torch in future?

"Regrettably, it seems unlikely that the ceremony of carrying the flame will ever now recover its old, almost anodyne, quality. Unharmonious it has become and will remain."
Print Send Bookmark and Share
 Related Stories
Who are the men in blue? Chinese paramilitary team protects Olympic flame
Protests cut short Paris Olympic torch relay: police
Officials Extinguish Olympic Torch Twice
Olympic Torch Extinguished Amid Protests
Clashes along Olympic torch route
Olympic torch relay overshadowed by protests
Pro-Tibet protesters disrupt Olympic flame ceremony
IOC urged to scrap Tibet torch relay
Thai Olympic torchbearer withdraws in protest over China's crackdown in Tibet
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
EU assembly eyes Beijing boycott, if no Tibet talks
Protests cut short Paris Olympic torch relay: police
Majority want Rudd to intervene in Tibet
Indian protesters shave heads, donate blood for Tibet
Indian media association calls for freedom of expression in Tibet
MLA proud of arrested protest son
Officials Extinguish Olympic Torch Twice
First Time I Feel Ashamed to be Han, and Lucky to Not Be a Party Member
Local man witnessed Tibetan violence
PM bans Chinese guards from torch run
Tibet needs meaningful autonomy, not independence: Dalai Lama
Hollowness of China’s Claims over Tibet
10 positive things about the recent events in Tibet
Tibetans wounded as Chinese police fire on pilgrim protest
Ball State University professor says Tibetan independence movement drawing new support
Olympic torch relay was 'triumph for democracy':press
IOC president speaks-Rogge 'very concerned' following recent unrests
Olympic Torch Extinguished Amid Protests
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2019 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement