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Unprecedented unrest in Tibet: Chinese troops respond with brute force

March 16, 2008

Press Release
March 14, 2008
Contact: Giovanni Vassallo (415)-264-3264

The Committee of 100 for Tibet expresses its support for the peaceful
Tibetan protestors in Tibet and condemns the Chinese Government’s use of
unwarranted force against them. We are very concerned about the safety
and welfare of all those involved in the demonstrations and protests in
Tibet.

Tibetans today are taking part in the biggest peaceful protests in
decades in all three Tibetan provinces of Amdo, Kham, and U-Tsang. Their
sincere and courageous efforts deeply inspire us and are a reminder of
the urgency to move towards a resolution of the Tibet issue in this year
of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The non-violent actions of Tibetan
Buddhist monks, people in Tibet, and Tibetans in exile give us humble
resolve and strength to continue to advance the legitimate rights of the
Tibetan people. We encourage the public to join us in supporting the
Tibetan people and to inform the media and others about the plight of
Tibetans living under the oppressive Chinese Government rule in Tibet.

We express our solidarity with the Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet
who have repeatedly demonstrated for over fifty-eight years for freedom
and justice in their China-occupied homeland. We are wholeheartedly
committed to the bright morning when Tibetans in Tibet can determine
their own future. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated,
"self-determination for Tibetans must be a priority in the U.S.-China
relationship."

We call on all Tibetans and supporters to contact their US Congressional
Representative or other government official to urge their help in
convincing the Chinese government to restrain their use of force in
Tibet. U.S. residents are encouraged to call (202) 224-3121 to reach the
US Capital operator to contact your representative and register your
concern.


“We sincerely hope for peace in Tibet and call upon the Chinese
government to show restraint and to begin earnest negotiations
immediately with His Holiness the Dalai Lama or His representatives,”
said Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, Chairman of the Committee of 100 for Tibet.

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