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TIBETAN MONKS FORCED TO PARTICIPATE IN STAGED VIDEOS

April 1, 2008

KIRTI MONASTERY, Dharamsala
PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 30, 2008

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MARCH 28, 2008 at 11am (Beijing Time)

Thousands of black and green uniformed Chinese security forces entered 6
monasteries in Amdo in North-Eastern Tibet (Sichuan province)

* 5 of the monasteries are in Amdo Ngapa county: Ngaba Kirti monastery,
Ngatue Amdu monastery, Gomang monastery, Dongri monastery, and Tsennyi
monstery.

* 1 monastery (Taktsang Lhamo Kirti) is in Dzoege county

The security forces raided each monk's room and confiscated all means of
communication with the outside world, including cell phones.

The monks were interrogated and were forced at gunpoint to step on
photographs of the Dalai Lama.

The security forces staged and videotaped the following scenes of the
Kirti Monastery monks in their rooms.

* They forced some monks to hold up a portrait of the Dalai Lama and the
Tibetan national flag

* A small monk was forced to hide half his body underneath the wooden
floorboards and made to place his hands on the keyboard of a lap top
computer.

One of the monks managed to make a secret phone call to the Kirti monks
in Dharamsala, India. The monk in Tibet said:

"I am worried that the CCP is creating false evidence to try to show
that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the mastermind behind the protests
in Tibet. The security forces forced us to act out these scenes against
our will with guns pointed at us. I appeal to the people of the world,
do not be
persuaded by these fake videos".

 From March 28 to March 30 2008, around 572 monks including 10 year old
monks of Kirti Monastery have been arbitrarily arrested.

On March 29 around 17 monks of TAKSTNG LHAMO KIRTI MONASTERY in Dzoege
county of Sichuan Province were arbitrarily arrested

On the morning of March 30th 80 PRC staff members with security forces
raided the monk's rooms of the same monastery. They confiscated knives,
arrows, and antique guns that were on display in the chapel of the
monastery's protector deity.

These items are ancient traditional offerings to the protectors, and
symbolize the overcoming of obstacles and negative emotions.

The monks are concerned that these items are being mis-represented in
the propaganda of the PRC and its mouthpiece Xinhua on 30/30/08 as being
evidence of monks taking up arms. Xinhua reported that there were other
weapons along with the afore-mentioned items, which the monks claim is
completely fabricated.

Nobody knows the whereabouts of the monks who were arrested.

STATEMENT FROM KIRTI MONKS, DHARAMSALA:

"These ongoing recent events in Tibet have caused the Tibetan people
much anguish and the monks from Kirti monastery Dharamsala condemn the
allegations made by the Chinese government against His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. We pray to all the Tibetan martyrs to be reborn as Tibetans
and pledge to them that we will live to fight against the injustice
through nonviolent means and methods."
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