作者:来源网络 佛学美文网 2018/04/01
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China's leaders greeted the Olympic torch in a heavily policed ceremony on Tiananmen Square in what could be the most secure and protest-free leg of the 130-day event, which has become a lightning rod for demonstrators since it started last week in Athens.
Standing in front of the Forbidden City's iconic portrait of Chairman Mao soon after the torch arrived Monday in a police convoy, Beijing Olympic chief Liu Qi declared that 'the bringing of the flame will spread the message of peace.'
Tiananmen, scene of the 1989 student uprising, was cordoned off, nearby subways were closed and state television's live broadcasts were delayed, giving controllers enough time to cut away in case of disruptions -- such as when protestors interrupted Mr. Liu's speech in Greece last week.
Thousands of performers including schoolchildren, retirees and dancers in colorful ethnic costumes cried 'Go, China!' and paraded before banners trumpeting messages such as 'Transcendence, Integration, Equality.'
Chinese leaders such as President Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, his possible successor, also made numerous references to the torch relay's theme, 'Journey of Harmony.'
But disharmony appears to be a certainty during the torch relay, which spans five continents and is billed as the longest in Olympic history. Falun Gong practitioners and Darfur activists say they intend to hijack the event to publicize their causes. Tibetans unhappy with Chinese rule want the relay route to skip Lhasa.
Those who are pro-China are now joining the fray as well. Over the past week, supporters both in and out of China have been posting blog entries supporting the Olympics and the country and deluging Western media in China with hate mail for perceived bias in their coverage of the Tibet crisis.
In an op-ed article in Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle, Wang Lingchi, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, appealed to protestors to avoid turning the torch relay into a 'special-issues sideshow,' as interest in Olympic ideals 'will fade, and the international community will be the poorer for it.'
Tibetan activists in New Delhi and the Washington area were scheduled to hold demonstrations Monday protesting the Chinese government's recent crackdown in Tibet and other areas of China with large Tibetan populations in the wake of antigovernment riots in Lhasa on March 14. More than 400 people have been arrested as Chinese authorities struggle to contain the unrest.
So far, China's Olympic officials are adamant that the torch relay proceed as scheduled, including a challenging ascent up Mount Everest on the Tibet side.
Officials aren't saying exactly when the ascent will be, but the relay will involve splitting the flame in two, with one flame proceeding on a route that includes cities where there are expected to be heavy protests, such as London, San Francisco and Paris. The flame destined for Everest will be encased in a special lantern and carried up the mountain possibly in late April or early May. After that, the two flames are scheduled to be reunited in Tibet in an ambitious plan that is rapidly turning into a logistical and security challenge for organizers.
A media team is scheduled to tail the torch to the Everest base camp. The torch is then supposed to receive television coverage beamed from the mountaintop by state-owned China Central Television. A Beijing Olympic spokesman said two CCTV cameramen have been training in mountaineering for two years to cover the ascent, which to some signals China's symbolic rise in global prominence.
None of the dignitaries' speeches at Monday's torch-reception ceremony in Beijing reflected these controversies. Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the International Olympic Committee task force for Beijing, said 'from today, the torch will travel creating anticipation,' and wherever the flame goes it will 'ignite passion' for sport.
Separately, Chinese authorities announced they had arrested four suspects in arson and murder cases stemming from the antigovernment riots that engulfed the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Jiang Zaiping, vice chief of the Public Security Bureau in Lhasa, said investigators arrested the suspects responsible for arson attacks on three shops -- including the clothing outlet where five young women were burned to death, the Tibet Daily newspaper reported Monday.
A total of 414 suspects have been arrested in connection with the antigovernment riots, Mr. Jiang was quoted as saying. An additional 298 people have turned themselves in, he said, according to the Associated Press.
广告加州大学(University of California)伯克利分校从事族裔研究的教授王灵智上周日在《旧金山纪事报》(San Francisco Chronicle)发表观点文章，呼吁抗议者不要将火炬接力活动变成“特殊问题的路边秀”。他称，奥运理念将因此“失去光彩，国际社会的利益将因此受损”。