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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Jokhang monks in bold protest

April 4, 2008

ICT report, April 3, 2008

On March 28, a group of 30 monks in Tibet's most sacred temple and place
of pilgrimage, the Jokhang, spoke out to foreign press who were on an
official tour of Lhasa orchestrated by Beijing. Images of the monks
speaking directly to the journalists about the crackdown in Tibet's
capital and the "lies" of the Communist Party were captured on film by
the press and broadcast all over the world.

A translation of the taping of the monks' protest by Associated Press is
enclosed below. The first few minutes are missing, and many of the monks
are weeping. After several different conversations at the same time, the
monks realize some of the journalists speak Chinese and gradually begin
to express some of their concerns. Two or three Chinese-speaking
journalists ask questions. Seven minutes into the tape officials come in
and order the monks to move away. The whereabouts of the monks is not
currently known.

Comments made by Tibetan monks to foreign journalists on
government-arranged trip

By the Associated Press
03-28-2008 16:50

The statements were translated by Tibetan scholars in the U.S. who
listened to audiotapes of the outburst made by AP Television News.

"The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) tricked the people."
"The government is always telling lies, it's all lies."
"They killed many people. They killed many people."
"They (the government) has destroyed the way we are seen by the people."
"The cadres and the army killed more than 100 Tibetans."
"They arrested more than a thousand."
"There were monks and lay people, both."
"We want freedom and we want peace."
"But after you leave, we are probably going to be arrested."

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