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|Tuesday, January 02, 2001, updated at 08:45(GMT+8)|
Lhasa Holds National-Flag Raising CeremonyMore than 6,000 people from various ethnic groups and walks of life January 1 gathered in the Potala Palace Square, Lhasa, to hold a national-flag raising ceremony.
When the first sunshine of the new century reached this snow- covered plateau, known as "roof of the world," a red five-star flag was slowly raised in the square and all those attending the ceremony as well as passers-by stood still and watched the rising flag, praying for a better future for the motherland.
"The red five-star flag brought liberation to the Tibetan people several decades ago, it will bring us a better life in the new century," said Phintso Norbu, a local old man.
After the flag-raising ceremony, thousands happy Lhasa residents celebrated the coming of the new century with dances and songs.
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