Security is tight in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa Friday as it readies
to host the Olympic torch relay three months after violent
anti-government protests rocked the remote city.
journalists who were allowed to travel to Lhasa to cover Saturday's
relay say banners and billboards welcomed the Beijing Olympic Games,
but note that police and security troops were visible throughout the
Tibet has been under tight security since mid-March
when riots spread from Lhasa to other Tibetan regions of the country.
Tibet is still closed to tourists and journalists despite a government
pledge to allow more open media coverage in the run up to the Olympics.
Associated Press says police stopped one of its cameramen from shooting
street scenes today in Lhasa and forced him to erase footage of
During the Lhasa leg, the Olympic flame
will be reunited with the flame that was taken separately to the top of
Mount Everest last month.
During its global journey, the Olympic
torch relay has been hounded by protests over China's treatment of
Tibet and its poor human rights record.
The government in
Beijing has blamed the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama,
for instigating Lhasa unrest. The Dalai Lama denies the charges.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.