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25,000 Tibetans to protest on August 8

July 24, 2008

by Nirmala Carvalho
Asia News (Italy)
July 22, 2008

Tibetan groups are launching the initiative to remind the world about
the Chinese repression and colonial domination in their country, the
killing of over one million Tibetans, the 6,000 monasteries
destroyed. They are asking politicians, athletes, and the Olympic
Committee for concrete initiatives.

New Delhi (AsiaNews) - More than 25,000 Tibetans will gather in New
Delhi on August 8, to remember the Chinese occupation of Tibet in
conjunction with the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
Meanwhile, the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) and other pro-Tibet
groups have set a first appointment for July 28 in New Delhi, to
launch an open-ended "hunger strike for Tibet" and other initiatives.

A nonviolent public protest has also been set for August 7.

International attention seems to be focused on the pollution in
Beijing, and not as much on Tibet. The TYC recalls that the Chinese
military repression continues, that thousands of Tibetans have been
detained for political crimes, that Beijing has kidnapped and kept
hidden for years the Panchen Lama designated by the Dalai Lama, and
is not permitting international observers to visit Tibet, that the
rich mineral resources of the region are exploited for the advantage
of the mainland, leaving Tibetans with nothing but increasing pollution.

For this reason, they are asking world leaders to boycott the opening
ceremony of the Olympics, are asking the athletes who win medals to
remember Tibet at the Olympic podium, and are asking the
international Olympic Committee to become informed about the
situation in the region, recalling that "colonialist" China has
killed more than one million Tibetans, razed more than 6000
monasteries to the ground, and fostered the immigration of ethnic Han
Chinese, relegating the Tibetans to a minority role and a secondary
position in their own land.
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