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The Swiss authorities were prepared literally to shoot unarmed Tibetans on the streets of Bern who had gathered to protest the visit of Chinese President, Xi Jinping. It mattered not to the city’s government that local Tibetan associations had already agreed to severe restrictions, imposed by the office of Municipal Security Director Mr Reto Nause. Nor were city officials reassured by a Tibetan committment to a peaceful and cooperative event. The priority was to take all necessary action, including state approved murder, to ensure that the Chinese visit was not threatened by non-violent Tibetan Buddhists. No high-powered assault rifles were targeted at pro-China demonstrators.
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Chinese tyrant, Xi Jinping is presently in in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, trade, profit and global markets will of course dominate, while at a restricted zone in the city of Bern a Tibetan protest is to be allowed by the Swiss authorities. Unfortunately the Chinese President will not be exposed to the justified dissent and opposition of Tibetans, who are enduring the bitter Winter conditions to remind the world of Tibet’s plight. Why? Well, thanks to the priorities of the Swiss authorities the demonstration has been approved only with a number of conditions. These include it lasting only a few hours, ending prior before the arrival of Xi Jinping and being located in a location that will be far removed from the Chinese leader. So what we have is appeasement in order to protect China’s sensitivities on the subject of Tibet, while offering Tibetans a token and diluted protest.