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Minnesota Tibetans and supporters hold Special 49th day Prayer Vigil

April 29, 2008

More than 50 people to shave heads in support of Tibetans in Tibet

Contact: Kalsang Phuntsok 612-281-7619
Sangay Taythi 612-865-9921

St Paul, MN, April 28, 2008: Minnesota Tibetan Community and supporters
are joining Tibetans all over the world to observe 49th day Prayer Vigil
for more than 150 Tibetans who have lost their lives inside Tibet as a
result of the Chinese Government's violent crackdown against peaceful
protests. Tibetans consider the 49th day of passing of being to be
important and observe the day with special prayers for auspicious rebirth.

Also on this day, the Tibetan community of Minnesota will hold the
¡Minnesota Tibetan Mass Solidarity Head Shave¢ event. About 50 Tibetans
and Tibet supporters have signed up to shave their heads as a mark of
solidarity for Tibetans in Tibet who have lost their lives in the recent
uprising and to those who continue to experience repression under China.
It¢s also to show our respect for all monks and nuns who have led
countless peaceful campaign against the Chinese rule in Tibet.

The prayer service is to begin at 5:00 pm and the solidarity head shave
event at 6:00 pm at the Tibetan Community Cultural Center, 1096 Raymond
Ave., St. Paul, MN.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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