'Free Tibet' flags made in China
Made in China? Police believe some flags may have already been shipped
Police in southern China have discovered a factory manufacturing Free Tibet flags, media reports say.
The factory in Guangdong had been completing overseas orders for the flag of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Workers said they thought they were just making colourful flags and did not realise their meaning.
But then some of them saw TV images of protesters holding the emblem and they alerted the authorities, according to Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper.
The factory owner reportedly told police the emblems had been ordered from outside China, and he did not know that they stood for an independent Tibet.
Workers who had grown suspicious checked the meaning of the flag by going online.
Thousands of flags had already been packed for shipping.
Police believe that some may already have been sent overseas, and could appear in Hong Kong during the Olympic torch relay there this week.
Known as the Snow Lion Flag
Introduced in 1912
Banned in mainland China
The Olympic torch is due to tour Hong Kong on Friday. It will then travel to a series of cities in mainland China before reaching Beijing for the start of the Olympic Games in August.
Its progress around the world has been marked by pro-Tibet demonstrations in several cities - including Paris, London and San Francisco.
To laugh or not to laugh. Presented with the fact that Free Tibet flags are made in China poses a humor dilemma. It is indeed ironic, but from the oppression by the biggest bully in Asia I would consider it a poke in the eye of the bully.
The Tibet issue is a no-brainer, leave Tibet alone, they are not corrupting the Commie rule everywhere else, they were minding their own business when the Commie bully stepped in and stepped on everything Tibetan.
Cafferty has to be ROTFLHAO (rolling on the floor laughing his ass off).
Commie bully's suck!