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Tibet violence should stop

March 28, 2008

Montreal Gazette - Letter to the Editor
March 28, 2008

As a Chinese citizen who immigrated here eight years ago, I strongly
condemn China's violent crackdown in Tibet. CCTV, the Chinese state
media outlet that seems to have exclusive access to Lhasa, blames the
protesters for killing dozens of "innocent Chinese citizens." It
conveniently failed to mention that China's own crackdown caused the
death of probably 100 protesters.

The protest was peaceful and orderly at the beginning but turned violent
after Chinese authorities started to brutalize the protesters. I
entirely support the Dalai Lama's plea for the violent protests to stop
immediately. More bloodshed will only further antagonize Chinese people,
who are deeply influenced by the state's propaganda.

Also, I don't think that a boycott of the Olympic Games is an effective
measure; it would punish innocent athletes and arouse nationalist and
anti-Western views in China. But strong political pressure should be
exerted on Beijing by countries and the UN.

Xing Jian Liu
Pierrefonds
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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