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Overseas Chinese in Britain rally in protest against Western media distortion
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11:22, April 20, 2008

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Chinese expatriates and students in Britain staged a silence demonstration at a square opposite to the British Parliament building on Saturday, in protest against distorted reports by some Western media including BBC on the March14 Tibet riots.

More than 3,000 people joined the demonstration, the first ever staged by the Chinese community in Britain.

"Today we are here to oppose media distortion and media fabrication in the recent events. We are here in a quest for objectivity, fairness and justice," a demonstration coordinator read out a statement.

"As we heard, we saw, we say BBC on some of the recent events has misled the British public and the rest of the world by providing intensive untruthful reports and biased coverage."

"We are afraid that media distortion and media fabrication are going to build up the barrier and bring hatred between the Western world and the Chinese people. This attempt reminds us of the Cold War and the Iron Curtain."

"We appeal to British media agencies to end media distortion and media fabrication."

"At the time of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, we warmly welcome people from all over the world to come to our country to see, to hear, to touch the real China and to talk to the real Chinese people."

The demonstrators carried anti-distortion banners like "BBC unfair," "Stop media distortion, respect history, truth and China," and "Softkiller, don't spread hatred."

The demonstrators, through several display boards, told the truth about the March 14 riots in Lhasa, capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region, and by comparing some original photos with the ones grafted by certain Western media organizations, revealed how some media agencies distorted the truth.

The rally was mobilized via the Internet and received enthusiastic responses from all parts of Britain.


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