Monday, August 31, 2009

Dalai Lama Arrives In Taiwan

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan yesterday, to conduct religious services for the victims of the recent typhoon.

After impromptu press remarks, the Dalai Lama left amid light security (one perimeter).

Below, a lone, paid stooge in the employ of forces hostile to Buddhism confronts airport security personnel after shouting nonsense.

Don't believe everything you hear about "crowds protesting." My wife was at the Taoyuan airport with family friends to see His Holiness arrive, and reported to me that the reception inside the terminal was warm and spontaneous. She said that people came running from other gates when they heard he was there, and that people broke out in applause as he walked through. She said that later, there was a very small group of agitators who tried to provoke police, but it was so obviously a put-up job that people just laughed. She said that by Taiwanese political demonstration standards, it was less than nothing. In Taiwan, as you may recall, things can get boisterous.

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