Monday, April 07, 2008

Tibet (2)

After my day of work, I discover that a part of the French national territory became a dictatorship during some hours this monday, the time necessary for the wet olympic firecracker to be sheltered inside a bus to parade through Paris. To simply have a colored flag or a Reporters Without Borders' poster in hand provoked the wrath of the French anti-riot forces. More worrying, policemen of the People's Republic of China helped...

Flag of Tibet (Government of Tibet in exile website),
forbidden today in the streets of Paris.

All this reminded me of a former affair: in 2005, for the 70th birthday of the Dalai Lama, Austrian Post prepared a official stamp issue. Jean-Louis Emmenegger's article published in L'Écho de la timbrologie of June 2005 told that the Chinese diplomacy was very efficient to cancel the issue. Even a private citizen's order of a personalized stamp on the same topic was cancelled by the government even if its postal authority and printer had already accepted the print.

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