Sunday, April 20, 2008

Nepalese Police Given OK to Shoot Olympic Torch Protestors

Sources: AP, CNN

The Olympic Torch is scheduled to process through Nepal in early May, on its journey up to the Himalayas and then to Tibet. It is expected that many Nepalese and Tibetan exiles will greet the torch bearer with protests, similar to those seen in London, Paris, and San Francisco. The Nepalese law enforcement officials have been given the green light to shoot any protestors if non-violent means of suppressing the protest fail. Police will be expected to first persuade protestors to leave. If that fails, police forces will arrest the protestors. If, however, those mans fail, police and soldiers “have been given orders to stop any protest on the mountain using whatever means necessary, including the use of weapons.” The United Nations and other international human rights groups have criticized the Nepalese for their usage of excessive force.

Chinese climbers are expected to take the Olympic flame to the top of Mount Everest, and between May 1 and May 10, climbers will be prohibited from scaling the summit beyond 6,400 meters. All other climbers will be searched, and “if anyone is found with anti-Chinese material their [climbing] permit will be cancelled and returned from the mountain.”

Question: If the protests become violent and bloody, what should the proper response by other nations be?

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