Thursday, August 21, 2008

Free Tibet

Free Tibet

It seems that China can't keep the Free Tibet folks down. Despite the consequences to them that could be easily anticipated.
On Monday, “…five pro-Tibet activists unfurled a banner spelling out “Free Tibet” in English and Chinese in blue LED “throwie” lights in Beijing’s Olympic Park tonight. The five were detained by security personnel after displaying the banner for about 20 seconds at 11:48 pm August 19th. Their whereabouts are unknown.”

Now these LEDs were sewn to the banner, so I’d say that technically they weren’t throwies, just LEDs taped to batteries, but the protesters refer to them as throwies.

The picture shows an interesting juxtaposition: The protest banner with “Free Tibet” in LEDs, shown with the famous Beijing Bird’s Nest stadium in the background, another quite different showcase for LEDs.
Their whereabouts are unknown. I think that says a lot about the state of political freedom in China.

China is high tech when it comes to electronics and backwards when it comes to political freedom. Not a surprise.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

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