Cuba, Venezuela gov’ts denounce China bashing
Published Apr 3, 2008 9:28 PM
Cuba condemns campaign against China Olympics
By Prensa Latina
The Cuban government condemned the attempts to organize a politically motivated
crusade to make the 2008 Olympic Games in the city of Beijing, China, fail this
The Cuban National TV News Report published a statement pointing out the Cuban
authorities’ opposition to any interference in Chinese domestic
“A media campaign is being carried out, followed by actions destined to
undermine international trust in the capacity of the Chinese government to
fulfill its commitments,” the text said.
The Cuban statement added that “it is evident these disturbances have
been prepared and promoted from abroad.”
CNN accused of distorting Tibet events
By Prensa Latina
Chinese internauts (internet astronauts, tr.) accused CNN and other Western
media today of distorting violent actions in Tibet aimed at damaging
Internauts, according to Xinhua news agency, are using their personal Web sites
and chat forums to publish real photos of the events in Tibet, which are later
cut and edited by CNN and other media.
A picture widely spread shows participants in riots throwing stones and
inflammable bottles against a military truck, but in CNN the image is cut,
showing only a bunch of people running.
Xinhua reported that it had tried to obtain some commentary on this from the
CNN office in Beijing, but CNN’s phones were either permanently busy or
else nobody answered the calls.
The slanderous way the information is presented also was highlighted by China
Daily, which showed how a German daily newspaper published photos of clashes
between Nepalese police and youths, presenting them as taken in Tibet.
The Berlin Morning Post published a photo of a youth of the Han ethnic
group—the majority in China—wounded in Lhasa, who the police
rescued and took to a safe place, but daily reporters turned him into “a
Tibetan insurgent arrested by the police.”
Some Western media have intentionally omitted mentioning the cruelty of the
rioters, revealing the media’s hypocrisy when talking of objectivity and
impartiality, said Xinhua.
These media have barely mentioned the five women store workers who were burned
alive when the rioters set fire to the commercial outlet.
Venezuela’s Chávez blames U.S. for Tibet unrest
By combined wire services
On March 24, Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chávez charged
that the United States was behind the violent protests in Tibet. He said the
protests were aimed at trying to destabilize China.
“The U.S. imperialists want to divide China. And they’re causing
problems there in Tibet,” Chávez said in his speech.
“They’re trying to sabotage the Olympics in Beijing, and behind
that is the hand of imperialism.”
“We ask the world to support China to neutralize this plan, which aims to
sabotage the Olympics,” he added.
“You see the images of the violence in Tibet. Who is that against?
Against China,” Chávez said. “It’s the U.S. empire that
wants to weaken China, because China is rising up,” Chávez said.
Reuters, which could not just report this news, added a commentary:
“Leftists in Latin America see the Tibetan independence movement led by
the Dalai Lama as a pro-Washington group of conservative monks.”
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