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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."

Tibet and Madison

March 13, 2008

March 11, 2008
Wisconsin Radio Network, WI, USA

Tibetans around the world are ratcheting up the pressure on China, as
that nation prepares to host the 2008 Summer Olympics. Monday's rally
on the Capitol Square in Madison was just one of many worldwide, aimed
at drawing attention to what Tibetans say are widespread human rights
abuses by China, not only in Tibet but in China itself.

Wisconsin continues to play a role. Governor Jim Doyle and the
legislature have officially recognized March 10 as Tibet Day in the
state. Two state legislators, Madison Democrats Joe Parisi and Spencer
Black, continue to advocate for Tibetan rights. And the Dalai Lama has
visited Madison several times, most recently last May. I asked Rep.
Parisi, who spoke at Monday's event in Madison, how it will be
possible to break through the media clutter and galvanize public
opinion in support of Tibet. Parisi said the Tibetans are doing that
through the non-violent nature of their protests, which stand out from
the standard method of resolving conflicts through the barrel of a
gun.

A group of media savvy Tibetan exiles in India plan to march from New
Dehli to the border with Tibet, timing their arrival with the start of
the Olympics in Beijing.
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