by grannyhelen, Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 04:36:02 AM EDT
In the midst of China's carefully stage-managed PR tour with select western journalists, a small group of Tibetan monks seizes the moment:
The outburst by a group of 30 monks in red robes came as the journalists, including an Associated Press reporter, were being shown around the Jokhang Temple -- one of Tibet's holiest shrines -- by government handlers in Lhasa.
"Tibet is not free! Tibet is not free!" yelled one young Buddhist monk, who started to cry.
"They want us to crush the Dalai Lama and that is not right," one monk said during the 15-minute outburst.
"This had nothing to do with the Dalai Lama," said another.