Torch keeps running into trouble: Pro-China groups battle pro-Tibet groups April 21, 2008Posted by Philip Ryan in News, Tibet.
Tags: china, national geographic, tibet. torch
One of the torch bearers pulls out of the Canberra, Australia section of the torch’s run:
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) president and the ACT Australian of the Year, Lin Hatfield-Dodds, says she is taking a stand for human rights.
The Olympic torch has become a beacon for pro-Tibet supporters as it makes its way around the world in the lead up to the Beijing Games.
Ms Hatfield-Dodds says the recent scenes in Tibet are disturbing.
“For many other people globally the torch has come to stand for a symbol around human rights and around rights for citizens,” she said.
“I felt I really needed to be very clear in my stance, which is very pro-human rights obviously, so I’ve chosen not to run.”
Hunger-strikers hit the road to Canberra as well.
Below is a scanned map of the torch route from the latest National Geographic, which is all about China – click on it to see a bigger version.