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20th Anniversary of Tinanmen Massacre observed in Tokyo

June 8, 2009

Tibet House, Japan
Thursday, 4 June 2009

Tokyo: Around two hundred Chinese and Japanese gathered at Tokyo Gejutsu
Gekidan Hall to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Tinanmen Massacre. A
special committee for the anniversary and the Democratization of China group
organized the gathering on the day. Mr. Lin Fei, the Representative of the
Committee welcomed the people and narrated the brief chronology of the
Tianamen tragedy. He urged the Chinese government to take the responsibility
of the massacre and compensate those affected by the tragedy. He welcomed
the message of His Holiness the Dalai on the occasion of said that Chinese
government need to look into problem of Tibetans and other autonomous

Mr. Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, Jt. Secretary of Liaison Office of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama for Japan & East Asia was among the invited list of penal. Mr.
Arya read the Japanese translation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama`s message
on the occasion, which was very well received by the audience. Copies of
Chinese and Japanese translations were distributed to the gathering.

Mr. Arya in his opening remark thanked the organizers for the opportunity to
speak on the occasion as this would help dispel the misunderstanding
intentionally created by some vested interest that Tibetans are anti-China
and anti-Chinese. He called upon the Chinese government to listen to the
demand and plea of its people and respond to it in a manner befitting a
responsible government.

While explaining the Tibetan government-in-exile`s stand, he said, “His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan government-in-exile have repeatedly said
that that we are not seeking separation from China. What we are seeking is
freedom to exercise our identity, culture and religion - a regional autonomy
as enshrined in Chinese constitution, unfortunately, the Chinese leadership
keeps on saying that Dalai Lama is a liar and a separatist.”

Mr. Arya concluded his statement by requesting the Chinese leadership to
shun oppression, and adopt dialog as a mean to resolve the differences.
Other speakers were from China Democratic movement, Representative of Uigyur
and Inner Mongolia, Human right and Amnesty group etc.. They all stressed on
the need to unite and make concerted effort to democratize China in order to
bring an end to the brutal communist regime, and to come up with a
government for the people, of the people and by the people. They said
democracy in China will not only bring peace and stability in China but also
in Asia and the world.

Japanese media representing, televisions, newspaper, radios and magazines
covered the event. Media from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea also participated
in the event.
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