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Filipino activists protest against violent crackdown in Tibet

April 5, 2008

By DPA
Asia-Pacific News
Apr 4, 2008

Manila - Filipino democracy activists on Friday protested in the
Philippine capital to denounce China's violent crackdown against Tibetan
protesters and to demand freedom for Tibet.

Around 70 activists marched to the Chinese Embassy in Manila's financial
district of Makati City, carrying a symbolic torch labeled 'torch of
freedom for the Tibetans.'

They denounced China's restrictions on international media coverage of
the protests and violence in Tibet, preventing the world to see the real
story.

'Numerous evidences have come out proving that Chinese police have
dressed themselves up as monks and as ordinary Tibetans, held knives,
robbed and set shops in Lhasa on fire,' they said in a statement.

Chinese authorities had blamed Tibetans for the violence that has left
at least 140 killed.

More than 1,000 people, most of them monks and nuns, have also been jailed.

The activists urged the international community to 'look intently into
the incidents in Lhasa' and support the Tibetan people's struggle.

'Stop the violence against the Tibetans,' said Egoy Bans, a protest
spokesman. 'Let the Olympic torch light the way toward restoring
freedoms to the Tibetans.'
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