BEIJING (AFP) –brushed off Olympic boycott calls Wednesday as it said the torch relay would go through Tibet and scale despite deadly unrest in the vast Himalayan region.
Jiang Xiaoyu, the vice president of the, said the route for the longest in history would be unaffected by the protests in Tibet that have triggered a huge security crackdown.
“The relay will proceed as scheduled,” Jiang told a news conference. “We firmly believe that the Tibetan Autonomous Region is able to ensure the stability of Lhasa.”
The relay is scheduled to scale the world’s highest peak during the first part of May and then return to Tibet from June 19-21, the last two days in the capital.
Currently, the streets of Lhasa are saturated with security forces and foreign reporters are banned from travelling there…