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The Swiss are not so “neutral” after all

January 29, 2009

From The Earth Times

Swiss police forced a Davos shop owner to remove a flag of Tibet from the window of her store, but she managed to keep writings of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan prayer books in the window, the shopkeeper told Swiss radio DRS Thursday. She said the incident happened on Wednesday, the day the World Economic Forum annual meetings got underway in the Swiss resort town. Among the prominent international visitors this year is Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. China is opposed to Tibetan autonomy.

The store owner, Margit Merz, said Swiss police threatened to confiscate the items if she did not obey. She said she managed to persuade them to let her keep the Daila Lama books and Tibetan prayer books in place, but police insisted that the Tibetan flag be removed.

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