June 21, 2008
Tibet Olympic Torch Route Quiet
The passage of the Olympic torch relay through Tibet Saturday produced no overt anti-China demonstrations as an official ceremony was held in Lhasa.
An Australian journalist told CNN that Communist Party officials had warned ordinary Tibetans to stay away from torch in the wake of violent anti-Chinese demonstrations in March. The torch followed a 5.8-mile route through Lhasa ending at Potala Palace, formerly the chief residence of the Dalai Lama.
Summer Olympics officials in Beijing claimed that 75 of the 156 torchbearers carrying the flame through Lhasa were ethnic Tibetans, the network said.