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British Prime Minister Urges China to Show Restraint


British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is urging China to show restraint in its handling of protests in Tibet.

Mr. Brown told lawmakers Monday that everyone is concerned about the current situation, adding China is aware of the concerns. Britain is calling for restraint, dialogue and an end to the violence.

Protesters have gathered outside of the Chinese embassy in London for a vigil and hunger strike to mark a deadline set by China for Tibetan protesters to surrender.

Earlier tMonday, European Union sports officials said they opposed any boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games because of the Tibet situation.

Russia also opposes any boycott, saying the protests in Tibet are an internal matter.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says several top athletes are considering boycotting this year's Beijing Olympics.

On Sunday, IOC President Jacques Rogge said a boycott would only penalize athletes. He did not say whether the IOC would change its position if the crackdown continues.

France's Foreign Ministry has expressed concern about recent events in Tibet, and has asked Chinese authorities to recognize the importance of protecting human rights in advance of the Olympics.

Chinese Olympic Committee officials have said the unrest in Tibet will not affect their plans to bring the Olympic torch through Tibet and up to the summit of Mount Everest in May.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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