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Canberra feels like Lhasa.

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Senator Bob Brown

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Canberra feels like Lhasa - Brown

The huge influx of Chinese nationals has given Canberra echoes of the feeling of being overwhelmed which prevails in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said today.

Senator Brown visited Lhasa in 1998.

The saturation of Communist China’s flags in Canberra has swamped Australian flags and those of the small Tibetan protest group.

“When the Olympic torch is run through Lhasa next month it will be Beijing triumphalism trampling over the broken hearts of the Tibetan people in their own country,” Senator Brown said.

“I support out athletes going to Beijing but not this torch travesty from a regime which ruthlessly suppresses democracy and freedom,” Senator Brown said.

Senator Brown has organised for the words “FREE TIBET” to be written in the sky above Parliament House during the relay.

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