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Chief Tibet separatist clamors for suicide attacks to seek "Tibet independence"

April 20, 2008

[Xinhua is the official news agency of the PRC]

ROME, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Cewang Rigzin, president of the separatist
"Tibetan Youth Congress" (TYC), has preached seeking "Tibet
independence" through suicide attacks.

"Maybe it is time now for the 'Tibetan People's Uprising Movement' to
use the means of suicide attacks to carry on the struggle," Cewang
Rigzin said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper
recently.

It was time to change the "tactics of struggle" as "there are
opportunities for the Chinese to take advantage of the line of
non-violence," the TYC head said in the interview made in Dharamsala, India.

The TYC would seek to achieve "Tibet independence" as soon as possible
at any cost, and the means of suicide attacks could be used, he said.

Cewang Rigzin also clamored for a worldwide boycott of the Beijing
Olympic Games.

The remarks of the TYC head have drawn strong criticism from many
Italians and overseas Chinese in Italy.

It's "absurd and wrong" to use suicide attacks to solve "the Tibet
issue," said Paullo Salom, the Corriere della Sera journalist in charge
of reports on China and East Asia.

The remarks of Cewang Rigzin revealed the "vicious intention" of the
Dalai Lama and his followers to split China by carrying out violent
attacks "under the cover of non-violence," said Liao Zonglin, chairman
of the Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations in Rome.

It's an "extremely horrible" act of terrorism to seek "Tibet
independence" through violence, which is bound to be condemned by the
peace-loving people, said Vittorio Mancini, chairman of the Italy-China
Friendship Association.

It's a mistake to politicize the Olympic Games, he added.

The TYC, a hardline organization affiliated to the Dalai Lama
supporters, was established in 1970 in India, upon the order of the
Dalai Lama.

Shortly after its establishment, some TYC members declared that they
would "use violence forever" to seek "Tibet independence."

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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