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Tibetans And Supporters To Protest Olympic Torch Arrival In Tibet's Capital Lhasa, June 17-18

June 17, 2008

US Tibet Committee
June 15, 2008

New York - Tibetans and their supporters will gather on Tuesday, June
17th and Wednesday, June 18th to protest China's parading of the
Olympic torch through Tibet and call for immediate media access to
Tibetan areas. The protest is part of a Global Day of Action being
observed by Tibet activists in cities and communities from Vancouver
to London to Delhi. China has announced that the Olympic torch will
arrive in Lhasa on June 18th or 19th.

Along with  Tibetan community members, activists with US-Tibet
Committee and other organizations will gather in front of the Chinese
Consulate in New York City.  A group of New York-area Tibetan high
school and college students will ritualistically shave their heads in
solidarity with Tibetan monks and nuns who have borne the brunt of
China's brutal crackdown on a popular, and predominantly peaceful,
uprising against China's occupation that swept across Tibet beginning in March.

Dramatic political theater including Chinese soldiers, Tibetan monks,
bloody Olympic torches, tanks, and guns, will highlight the ongoing
clampdown in Tibet, and the repression against Tibetans that
activists assert has taken place to prevent protests during the torch
relay. China's Governor in Tibet has promised that Tibetans who
protest will be "treated harshly and with no leniency."

When:
Tuesday, June 17, 9am to 1 pm
Wednesday, June 18, 9am to 1pm

Where: Chinese Consulate, 42nd Street and West Side Highway

Tibetans and their supporters worldwide have appealed to the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to allow China to parade
the Olympic torch through Tibet. Last week, Tibet activists were
detained by Greek police in Athens for protesting outside the last
IOC meeting before August. In addition to appealing for the
cancellation of the Tibet leg of the torch relay, activists are
demanding that the IOC hold Beijing accountable for the commitment to
press freedom it made during its bid for the Games, and immediately
open Tibet to international media.

Raise your voice for those who risk everything for raising theirs.

Speak up for media freedom in Tibet at
http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/mediafreedom

And visit www.ustibetcommittee.org for more ways you can help.
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