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    Posted February 23, 2014 by
    5thringroad
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    Beijing, China
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Life in China

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    Living in China, I am now familiar with the extended hand of a guard motioning "no." In Beijing, most of those actions are innocuous. However, on a recent trip to Tibet I found the guards and police to be nervous. I was constantly frisked for lighters as if I had any intention of setting myself on fire and ruining a perfectly good camera. While this security would be normal in an airport, it is incongruous in a Monastery. Once inside a security gate, the inspection's focus turns towards the Monks. Having armed guards watch unarmed Monks is something you just do not forget

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