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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Indian and Tibetan Community in Dharamshala jointly welcomed the torch

August 5, 2008

For Immediate Release
The Tibetan People's Uprising Movement (TPUM)
August 3, 2008

Contact: B Tsering: 9418792810 (Tibetan, Hindi, English)
Chime Youngdung: 9418069179 (Tibetan, Hindi)
Phuntsok Wangchuk: 9418324751 (Tibetan)
Tenzin Choeying: 9816368335 (Tibetan, Hindi, English)

Mcleod Ganj - After traveling around the world and covering almost
every state in India carrying a message of truth and resistance, the
Tibetan Freedom Torch, that had a high profile start from Olympia on
March 10th arrives Dharamshala - heart of the Exile Tibetans - 5 days
before the opening of the Beijing Olympics. The Torch is welcomed
here by hundreds Tibetans and supporters along the route as it runs
through the town Chanting 'Bhod Gyalo' (Victory to Tibet).

Since March 10th 2008, Tibetans in Tibet have been voicing their deep
rooted resentment against China's illegitimate rule of their country
and demanding fundamental rights. The Chinese government responded
with a brutal crackdown to the nonviolent uproar of the Tibetan
people, killing more than 200 Tibetans and detaining thousands.
Denying the widespread peaceful protest as an indication of the
failure of their unjust policies in Tibet the Chinese government
began aggravating the "patriotic re-education" campaigns forcing
Tibetans to express their love for the Communist regime and denounce
H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama.

"The Chinese government has and is still trying to fool the world
using the Beijing Olympics to cover its atrocities in Tibet and its
abysmal human rights record in China and abroad", said Chime
Youngdung, President of National Democratic Party of Tibet. "Tibetans
and supporters all over the world will make sure that the world sees
the brutal face of China during and after the Olympics".

For Tibetans, the Olympics offer a rare opportunity to shine a
spotlight on the Chinese government's illegal, unjust occupation of
Tibet for the past 50 years. It also highlights the importance of
Tibet issue and for the Tibetans to show the Chinese leaders that the
time has come to heed upon the Tibet problem with seriousness and
resolve the matter without further delay.

"The Tibetan Freedom Torch represents the hope and aspirations of the
Tibetan people for freedom and justice, and the commitment of people
around the world to helping make this dream a reality", said Dr. B
Tsering, President of Tibetan Women's Association.

The torch has been traveling the globe starting from Olympia, Greece,
on 10th March, 2008 and thereafter toured more than 50 cities across
America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Uruguay
before finally reaching India on the 9th July.

The current India leg of the torch started from Delhi on the 10 July
and ends in Ladakh on 8 August 2008. During this month-long tour, it
has been received by Tibet Supporters in 28 different cities
including capital cities of almost all the states in India. The next
stop will be Shimla.

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* Torch Route in Dharamshala:
* Mentsekhang (Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute)
* Gankyi (Central Tibetan Administration Compound)
* GuChusum (Former Political Prisoner's Movement) Jogiwara Road Mcleod Ganj
* Upper TCV school

Function:

* Oath Taking by Chief Guest, Dr. Kuldeep Chant Agnihotri ( Director
of Himachal University and National Coordinator of Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch)

* Torch Introduction by Tsering Choedup (Coordinator for south east
Asia - International Tibet Support Network)

* Speech in Tibetan by Dr. B Tsering (President, Tibetan Women's Association)

* Speech in English by Tenzin Choeying (National Director, Students
for a Free Tibet - India Network)

* Speech by Kalsang Dhondup (Manager, Tibetan National Sports Association)

* Speech by Chief Guest Dr. Kuldeep Chant Agnihotri

Torch Bearers:
* Ngawang Gelek (student captain -Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute)
* Tenzin Dolkar (Former Athlete and Vice President -Regional Tibetan
Women's Association (Dharamshala)
* Bidoo (President - Mcleod Taxi Union)
* Kalsang Dhondup (Manager - Tibetan National Sports Association)
* Phuntsok (Former Tibetan National Football Player)
* Khechok (Tibetan National Football Team)
* Lobsang
* Tsering Kyi (Former Miss Tibet)
* TCV students and staffs
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