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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

RTYC-Delhi plays 'Political Games'

July 23, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
July 22, 2008

New Delhi, July 22 -- RTYC Samyeling in their effort to regain
Tibetan freedom has decided to give a new face to the struggle-
through political games. Members organized a day long protest
dedicated to sports and games at Jantar Mantar today. The novel
method saw a collection of entertainment attractions ranging from
bowling, dart games, football and other ball throw games. All the
gaming equipments carried pictures of Hu Jintao's face on them.
Effigies of the Chinese President were also burnt to the ground.

Tibetans from local settlements of Majnu Ka Tilla and Budh Vihar who
have been on a 24 hour relay hunger strike since March 14 offered
prayers and lit butter lamps after which they protested against the
unacceptability of Chinese brutality and torture inside Tibet.

According to RTYC, "Just like the authoritarian regime of China plays
its wicked game with many of its ethnic minorities, especially with
Tibetans, we are on this day playing games which are a display of our
pent up frustration with the situation in Tibet as well as with the
apathy shown to us by the IOC and the UN."

Against China's allegations of it being a terrorist and separatist
organization, the Tibetan Youth Congress has always maintained that
it is based on non-violent principles with Gandhi's tradition of Satyagraha.

Regional members are of the opinion that though some of their actions
may give them a confrontational image, these are in fact just
'symbols' of the 'direct action' that they demand from people and
other political bodies.

RTYC Samyeling had on Sunday organized a cycle rally through the City
in which some 65 members and supporters rode from Jantar Mantar to
Majnu Ka Tilla.

Staff members of Tibetan Governmental and Non-Governmental offices
also took part in a day long sit in demonstration at Jantar Mantar on
Sunday as a form of peaceful protest to keep their cause alive.
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