Hoje, no Wall Street Journal a notícia “Lhasa Riots Expose Tibet’s Split Society”, ocupa a primeira página.
A notícia refere que ontem, pela primeira vez, o governo Chinês permitiu a entrada de 30 jornalistas estrangeiros em Lhasa, capital do Tibete.
Tudo começou a 10 de Março com os monges tibetanos a querem comemorar, de forma pacífica, os 49 anos que passaram desde a revolta de Março de 1959 contra Pequim. Em 1951, o Tibete era ocupado pela China, em 1959, uma rebelião fracassada contra o domínio chinês, levava ao exílio o líder espiritual do budismo, Dalai Lama, e mais 100 000 compatriotas.
As pressões internacionais já começaram e a China ontem abriu as portas aos jornalistas estrangeiros para mostrar que a calma e a unidade regressou a Lhasa. Pelma Trilek, do governo regional, veio dizer “Lhasa is open to the world. This will not affect our development...the situation is getting stable. Law and order are basically restored”.
O templo Jokhang foi o único a poder ser visitado, todos os outros templos, onde estão presos os monges, estão cercados de polícias.
Aqui fica a reportagem e as fotografias daquilo que os jornalistas puderam ver:
Chinese paramilitary police patrolled a street in Lhasa Thursday.
Thursday, a group of around 30 monks at Jokhang Temple disrupted a carefully-orchestrated visit for foreign reporters to Tibet's capital.
One of the Tibetan Buddhist monks cried while he spoke to foreign journalists during their visit to the temple.
Lhasa's three main Tibetan Buddhist monasteries -- the Sera, Ramoche and Drepung monasteries -- remain locked down, surrounded by armed police.
At the other temples, monks aren't allowed out and journalists aren't allowed in while police continued their investigations into the March 14 incident.
Later in the day, the China-installed vice governor of Tibet promised that the Jokhang monks would not be punished for their outburst.
A vendor sold bananas at a shop, which was damaged during the March 14 riots.
A Tibetan nurse said that her ambulance was assaulted by a Tibetan crowd as it tried to retrieve the wounded from the riots on March 14.
An arrested rioter, accompanied by a police officer, was interviewed by foreign journalists at a prison in Lhasa.
Other groups allege many more have been detained. Mr. Pelma said that they are being supplied food, water and electricity.