Chinese PM Accosted by Protesters Over Tibet in London

China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao came face-to-face with Free Tibet protesters in London today, an incident bound to embarrass both China and the British government. 

Protesters carrying Tibetan flags chanted “China Murderers,” and “China Out of Tibet,” as Wen, on a three day trip to Britain, arrived at the embassy.

Human rights activists have been angry at Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown and China since before last summer’s Olympics.  Brown is under fore for not pressing China on the issue of Tibet.

China is seen by some as a violator of human rights in Tibet.

“Gordon Brown and other leaders failed to press the Chinese authorities to respect human rights ahead of the Olympics,” said Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK.
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“The result was a Games that took place against a backdrop of repression. He must not miss this opportunity to speak up for the rights of people in China.”

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Five protesters were arrested after trying to approach Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a Free Tibet group demonstration.

Several people vaulted barriers as he arrived outside the Chinese Embassy in London amid a noisy demonstration.

BBC

Supporters had greeted Mr Wen with dragon dancers and firecrackers as he visited as part of his UK tour.

Police arrest a pro-Tibet protester outside the Chinese embassy, ... 
Police arrest a pro-Tibet protester outside the Chinese embassy, during a visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in central London February 1, 2009. The Chinese Premier arrived in London on Saturday in the latest leg of a European tour aimed at tackling the global financial and economic crisis and improving relations between the trading partners.REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN)

The Chinese Prime Minister had earlier met Tory leader David Cameron and shadow foreign secretary William Hague.

The focus of the meeting had been on the global financial downturn, with the UK and China both keen to boost their economic ties.

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7
863613.stm

Related from CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/
02/01/china.britain.protests/index.html

A pro-Tibet protester runs past a police cordon outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

A pro-Tibet protester runs past a police cordon outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

 
China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao passed our compensation money to earthquake survivors last week to start the Lunar New Year.  This photo was taken last year when he visited earthquake survivors.

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