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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."

Statement of the Tibetan People's Uprising Movement

July 23, 2008

For Immediate Press Release
TPUM
June 22, 2008

We are today at the crossroad of historic moment in the Tibetan
people's struggle for freedom, truth and justice. Our unity in action
and focus in purpose during the following months will not only define
the long and strategic preparations that we have made for the 2008
Beijing Olympics but more importantly to realize the true political
aspirations of our brothers and sisters who made great sacrifices in Tibet.

The ongoing popular uprising in Tibet which began on March 10 in
Lhasa and the spontaneous spread to all parts of Tibet has
effectively presented the Tibetan people's deep-rooted resentments
against the Chinese colonial policies, and also the unified face of
the Tibetan people as a cohesive force in resisting Chinese communist
regime. The uprisings in Tibet further endorsed the nonviolent fabric
of the Tibetan struggle and brought to the forefront the appalling
human rights situation inside Tibet at a time when China prepares
itself for international spotlight.

Rising above the boundaries of individual organizations and ideology,
the Tibetan people in exile has organized numerous activities
worldwide which have succeeded in creating global awareness and
garnering international support for the Tibetan struggle and exposed
the true nature of China's illegal occupation of Tibet. At this
critical point in our struggle, the Tibetan People's Uprising
Movement (TPUM) acknowledges the significance of even greater unity
and the need for more consolidated campaigns, thereby changing its
actions to avoid duplication and confusion among the Tibetan people.

TPUM will organize numerous actions in Dharamshala, at UN and IOC
Offices in Geneva and New York, European Union in Brussels and
Strasbourg during and after the Beijing Olympics.

TPUM believes in the 'fierce urgency of now' to exploit various
channels and means to convey the demands and the aspirations of the
Tibetan people voiced through the ongoing uprising the world over and
raise the issue of Tibet at strategic international levels by
organizing activities to put pressure on relevant international bodies.

Furthermore, TPUM will launch an all-out struggle on a war-front
scale against the draconian designs of spearheading a second cultural
revolution in Tibet after the Olympics as declared recently by Zhang
Qingli, the Communist Party Secretary of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

The Tibetan People's Uprising Movement is a global movement of
Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet taking control of our political
destiny by engaging in direct action to end China's illegal and
brutal occupation of our country.

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Regional Coordinator South Asia
International Tibet Support Network
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