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Protests continuein Tibet

BEIJING — Fresh protests broke out in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on Saturday, a radio broadcaster and Tibetan activists reported.

A protest at Lhasa's Ramoche monastery grew to involve many people, said Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington.

Citing unnamed witnesses, Saunders said the situation calmed after a few hours. She had no information on injuries or arrests.

People also protested at the Jokhang Temple, a major Budd­hist site in Lhasa, said the government-in-exile of the Tibetan Budd­hist leader, the Dalai Lama, on its Web site.

Several hundred people took part in the protests, the U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia reported.

The Ramoche and Jokhang monasteries and other sites were sealed off by security forces, Saunders said. Ramoche was the original site of protests that spread this month and led to a bloody crackdown by the Chinese government.

The reports of new protests came as a 15-member group of diplomats from the United States, Japan and Europe returned to Beijing after a two-day visit to Lhasa.


Protesters meet Olympic torch

Torchbearers carried the Olympic flame through the crowded streets of Athens to the Acropolis on Saturday amid heavy security and modest demonstrations. At the foot of the Acropolis, a pro-Tibet group unfurled a banner reading "Free Tibet 2008" and lit candles to protest China's deadly crackdown there. "We don't want the torch relay to pass through Tibet," said one protester who identified herself only as Klara. The relay was not disrupted by the protest, and no arrests were reported. More than 2,000 police officers were deployed in Athens for the relay.

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