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Tibetan Students in Beijing Protest for Tibetan Language; Tibetan Netizens Show Support Online

October 25, 2010

High Peaks Pure Earth
October 22, 2010

High Peaks Pure Earth has noticed a lot of online
activity by Tibetans over the last few days
related to Tibetan language. As reported by
international media, Tibetan students in Rebkong
and Chabcha in Amdo (Qinghai province) and Tawu
in Kham (Sichuan province) have been protesting
over plans to restrict the use of Tibetan language in classrooms.

Now the protests have spread to Beijing where
over 400 Tibetan students from the Tibetan
Studies department of Minzu University of China
(formerly known as the Central University for
Nationalities) held a protest on the campus today
(October 22, 2010) at noon. Tibetans on popular
social networking sites such as RenRen and
MyBudala have been posting photos and status updates about the protests.

The above status update in Tibetan says: "Today
at 12, over 400 students protested at Minzu
University of China about freedom of language."

This is the first protest by Tibetan students of
Minzu University of China since a vigil was held
on March 17, 2008, in remembrance of those who
lost their lives in the protests of March 2008.
The following photos of the protest in Beijing
were posted on RenRen by a Tibetan student:

The slogan "Equality of nationality, Freedom of
language" that was widely used by Tibetan student
protesters in Amdo is being posted online by
Tibetan netizens as their status update, see below for example:

"Equality of nationality, Freedom of language"

Photo albums of the protests in Amdo are being
shared by the users of these social networking
sites and are posted with messages of support.
The photo album being shared below is titled
"Peaceful Protest" and the comment below reads,
"This is very good". The same user has added
another comment directly below saying, "Haha,
how's it going? I expected a day like this to
come, keep it up, we will be successful".
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