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Protesters rally to support Tibet

August 11, 2008

The Calgary Sun (Canada)
August 9, 2008

The Chinese government is using the 2008 Olympics to clamp down on
nationalist Tibetan sentiments, said organizers of a protest held
outside China's consulate in Calgary yesterday.

More than three dozen people gathered along 6 Ave. S.W., in what
organizer Dekyi Dorjee said was an impromptu effort to protest
China's actions in that territory.

"China received the Olympics in 2001 under the (promise) that human
rights would be better ... and when you look at it, the human rights
situation has steadily gotten worse ... look at the protest we saw
back in March in Tibet, which led to a de facto martial law being
declared," said Dorjee.

"They may be saying human rights are getting better, the facts are
saying otherwise.

"China is using the Olympics as a tool to suppress any sort of
dissent, any sort of voice against the government."

Recent police and military actions in that country are a response to
increased anti-government activity by groups using the attention
China is garnering from the world as the Olympic host to further their agenda.

Protesters waved Tibetan flags, held up signs, and chanted slogans
and prayers of compassion, in what was the second event in the city
in as many days designed to draw attention to the situation in Tibet.

The struggle of her people is not to decide who's wrong and who's
right but to bring peace to her homeland, said Calgary Tibetan exile
Lynn Chazotsang.

The Dalai Lama is willing to work with the terms set out by the
Chinese and hopes China will speak with the exiled Tibetan leader, she said.

"With the guidance of his holiness, everyone will win, not just
Tibet, or China, but the whole world," said Chazotsang.

"Peace will create more peace."

Protesters plan to hold a number of other demonstrations during the Olympics.
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