The Dalai Lama has been called many things in his time. Rupert Murdoch once described him as "a very political old monk shuffling around in Gucci shoes", while CNN's Larry King mistakenly identified the political and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people as a prominent Muslim activist. However, until last week, nobody had ever called him a terrorist.
There was no sign of dissent in the bazaar, where men wove through the crowd on motorcycles with freshly butchered sheep draped behind them. But a Muslim merchant pinched his lips together with his fingers to show he could not talk freely.
At Washington Park and Embarcadero, it has been demonstration central. There was a lot of anger expressed towards the Chinese Government, but there was also mixed emotions among protestors over the rerouting of the Olympic flame.
Protests around the Olympic torch have focused the world's attention on Tibet, but discontent is rippling through other parts of China, too. In Xinjiang province, Muslim Uighurs are also asking for religious freedom and economic opportunity. Scott Tong reports.
Chinese paramilitary police sealed off a market town in central China last month and detained dozens of ethnic Uighurs, local residents and a government official said, in the latest sign of widening tension with the country's ethnic minorities.
The chirpy Chinese coffee shop waitress smiled Saturday as she rattled off sites travelers should see in this jade-trading Silk Road town in Xinjiang _ a vast western region of China that like Tibet has a long history of unrest.
China is dealing with visible and invisible opposition in the months before the Beijing Olympics begin. The visible was front-and-center in the world media as the OIympic torch made its way through various countries on a circuitous route to the Games.
As the outburst of anger among China’s restive ethnic minorities spreads, the danger for Chinese communist leadership is more than a a public relations fiasco ahead of the all-important Beijing Olympic games but a serious threat to its mandate, analysts here say.
A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi, details widespread human rights violations committed by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of unrest in Urumchi on July 5, 2009.