Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Waving the Flags

Supporters of a "One China" assemble in downtown Seoul on Sunday while a lone "Free Tibet" proponent (with the yellow balloon) looks on. The Olympic torch relay came through Seoul on Sunday afternoon along a route that was kept secret until the last minute.

Yesterday the newspapers reported a number of unfortunate incidents where large numbers Chinese students, using their democratic right in South Korea to demonstrate in support of their government (ironically a liberty not afforded to foreigners in their country), assaulted individuals critical of China's handling of North Korean refugees and of China's policy on Tibet.

2 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

A brave individual there with the yellow balloon.

And your rock climbing wall image is pretty incredible. We have some of these climbing walls in Seattle, notably the one in the REI store. No charge to climb on this one, but I've never had the courage.

Great posts this week!

Phil_O'Logus said...

Thanks Chuck. Brave indeed. There has been a lot of hostility in the media towards the Chinese students and their acts of violence against the pro-Tibet folks. I saw none of this where I was, but it was nevertheless pretty tense.

On the climbing walls, I have had a go with my son back in Australia. It's hard work, but is a lot of fun. Cheers...