Tibetan independence activist blogging inside Beijing – UPDATED

Xeni Jardin:

The president of Students for a Free Tibet is in Beijing right now, exactly one year ahead of the 2008 Olympics, vlogging and blogging about Tibetan sovereignty and being a general pain in the ass to the Chinese government.

Lhadon Tethong’s liveblogging experiment is incredibly ballsy or incredibly foolhardy, depending on how you look at it — hard to imagine this lasting long before authorities arrest, extradite, or take some other action to stop the activity.

Apparently, she’s already attracted a group of official government “escorts”.

Incidentally, Ms. Tethong’s uncle is the most senior advisor to H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Link to “Beijing Wide Open” blog. Today’s posts from her include an item about Canadian activists who were detained by authorities after placing a giant “Free Tibet” banner on the Great Wall of China. Their status and whereabouts are currently not known. (thanks, Oxblood and Nathan Freitas!)

UPDATE 1: several BoingBoing readers in Beijing write in to say that access to the blog is blocked there by ‘net censorship.

UPDATE 2: Lhadon Tethong has been arrested, along with activists charged with placing the protest banner on the Great Wall.

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