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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Tutu fights for Tibet in freedom march

April 29, 2008

By Caroline Smith
Independent Online, South Africa
April 28, 2008

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Sunday called for compassion and
action on Tibet as well as Zimbabwe, and said that South Africa's own
freedom "would not have happened without the support of millions of
people around the world".

He was speaking at the V&A Waterfront at a Freedom Day meeting, dubbed
the Ubuntu Tibet Freedom Day, organised by the South African Friends of
Tibet. The event kicked off at St George's Cathedral and hosted
speakers, from traditional healers to members of the Jewish community.

A peace walk followed and home-made signs flashed "free Tibet" as the
procession wound through the city. It ended at the waterfront, where
there was live music, poetry, yoga and a guest appearance by Tutu.

The Nobel Laureate spoke of Tibet's spiritual leader, the exiled Dalai
Lama, as a mischievous man and recalled a time when he had to tell him
to "behave like a holy man" because the television cameras were on him.

Tutu then lit a symbolic Tibetan Olympic peace torch, an alternative to
the existing Olympic torch and which symbolises "one world, many dreams".

One of the participants, Marlei Martin, said she hoped the event would
give the Tibetan issue public prominence.

"In my family, we have Buddhist, pagan and witchcraft, sangoma and
Jewish. All of the messages are universal. If one is not free, we are
all not free."

Ian Macfarlane, South African Friends of Tibet director, said the day
had been "outstanding" and that he hoped to make the programme into a
"sustainable and annual event."

Macfarlane hoped to push the South African government from a
"non-position to a position" on Tibet.
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