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The Chinese government is absolutely furious about Glastonbury this year

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It’s a festival with a long history of protest and activism at its core, but this year’s Glastonbury festival has gone beyond berating big oil and calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons; it has upset the world’s second-largest economy.

Chinese government officials have reacted with fury to the news that the Dalai Lama is set to give a talk at the festival on Sunday, joining an eclectic mix of artists ranging from Motorhead and Kanye West to the Russian group Pussy Riot.

The 79-year-old exiled Tibetan spiritual leader says he will be promoting a message of “compassion” and “non-violence” in the peace-loving Green Fields, but that has not stopped the Chinese Ministry of Foreign affairs saying that Glastonbury is part of “international scuttling”.

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It’s unclear whether the festival’s organisers, Michael Eavis or his daughter Emily, are likely to respond to the anger against the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama, but in a rare intervention into festival politics David Cameron said it was an issue for festival-goers.


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