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Worst may come after Olympic Games, fear Tibetan exiles

August 1, 2008

July 31, 2008

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) -- The worst is yet to come for Tibetans in
Lhasa and it will come after the Olympic Games in Beijing, fears the
Tibetan Solidarity Committee based in India. "We fear that the worst
is yet to come and it will be after the Olympics," a statement issued
by the committee Thursday said.

The TSC, a joint committee of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and the
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), held a press conference a day
earlier to highlight its position on the recent developments in Tibet.

The committee, however, reiterated that Tibetan exiles would not
resort to violence or do anything to disrupt Beijing 2008 Olympics
scheduled to begin Aug 8.

Quoting what it claimed were China's "internal party documents," it
alleged that Zhang Qingli, the party secretary of the Communist Party
of China in charge of Tibet, has been talking about "cleaning out
monasteries and strengthening administrative committees" to allow the
party "absolute power" over Tibetans.

"Propaganda and education are our party's greatest advantages. These
are the most useful weapons with which to defend ourselves against
the Dalai Lama group. So let the propaganda department work more
actively to expose its plots," the statement quoted Zhang as having said.

The Tibetan Solidarity Committee claimed that though the committee
was in favour of "meaningful movements for Tibetan rights" not a
single campaign was being carried out by it "to harm or disrupt the
Olympic Games."

In the statement it said Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama,
the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Tibetan Parliament
based in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh were in favour of the Beijing
Olympics and supported it "wholeheartedly."

Referring to the stand taken by organisations like the Tibetan Youth
Congress that opposed the Beijing Olympics, the statement said:
"Tibetans function with the democratic charter in India and though
groups like the Tibetan Youth Congress push for independence, a stand
different from the CTA, we also recognise the fact that they do so
non-violently and through peaceful means".

It added: "These organisations are free to do as they will, provided
they adhere to the laws of the land and put their point across
through non-violence."

The Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) saw protests against Chinese rule
earlier this year. The Dalai Lama and many of his followers fled
Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 and came to India where they live
in exile. Around 100,000 Tibetans live across India.
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