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Vigil protests China's Tibet crackdown

March 24, 2008

By Bruce Lieberman
March 23, 2008

BALBOA PARK – About 150 people held a peaceful vigil in Balboa Park
yesterday to protest China's continuing crackdown in Tibet.

After last week's rioting and flood of Chinese troops into the region,
the San Diego protesters called for the international condemnation of
the Chinese government less than five months from the Olympic Games in

“We wanted . . . to acknowledge that these people are suffering now,”
said Dorothy Berger, co-chair of the International Tibet Support Network.

Berger said the group aims to raise awareness about the crackdown and to
urge nations to pressure China to cease the suppression of Tibet and let
international media back into the region.

“This is a moral issue, and moral issues are not high on the agenda of
very many countries,” Berger said.

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, an American Buddhist nun and a professor at the
University of San Diego, said young people in Tibet have few economic
opportunities, and that an influx of Chinese immigrants into the region
in recent years has increased tensions.

The rioting in recent weeks is the result of decades of frustration,
Tsomo said.

“The Tibetans really feel that (it's) the only way they can draw
attention to their desperate situation,” she said.
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