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"China Go For Gold! Give Human Rights in Beijing A Chance!"

August 13, 2008

Peaceful Demonstration in Amsterdam
UNPO
August 11, 2008

The Burma Centre, Tibet Support Group, and International Campaign for
Tibet hosted a peaceful demonstration calling for sustained attention
to human rights to all peoples in China throughout the Olympics Games
as well as afterward.

Below is an article published by UNPO:

On 8 August 2008, parallel to the Opening Ceremony of the 2008
Olympic Games in Beijing the Dam Square in Amsterdam was filled with
a few hundred Tibetans, Uyghurs, Burmese and Western sympathizers.
The air was enriched with traditional tunes and Tibetan and East
Turkestan flags waving in the wind. People inscribed their wishes on
a petition wall and informed themselves at the stands of the various
groups about the situation of Tibetans and Uyghurs in China as well
as of the Burmese.

* East Turkestan is a western territory in China inhabited by an
ethnically Uyghur majority, who have been faced with arbitrary
arrests, torture, and executions. The PRC government has abused
anti-terrorism policies to suppress all forms of Uyghur protest, no
matter how peaceful.

* The Government of Tibet in Exile, headed by the Dalai Lama has
described itself as the rightful and legitimate government of Tibet.
They characterize the current control of Tibet by the PRC as an
illegitimate military occupation. The PRC government still exercises
strong control of religious and political practices.

* The Burmese struggle against military dictatorship in order to
realize the democratic rights and human rights of the masses of
people and the rights of equality and self-determination for ethnic
nationalities.

These groups are joined together in UNPO, and are united by
democratic and nonviolent principles. Our common objective is to
protect and promote their human and cultural rights, preserve their
environments, and find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.

Active ImageSimultaneously to the beginning of the Opening Ceremony
in Beijing, activists started their run from the Amsterdam Olympic
station to the Dam square. Once the group arrived, Mrs. Tsering
Jampa, the leader of the International Campaign for Tibet in the
Netherlands and honorary president of UNPO, delivered her opening
speech calling upon all listeners to continue their support also
after the Olympics. Among the following speakers was the Uyghur group
leader  Abdougheni Tochniyaz who encouraged the people to follow Ms.
Rebiya Kadeer, nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and the "mother of
the Uyghurs" in her struggle for human and political rights for her
people. Further, Chinese dissidents gave personal account of the
repression by the Chinese government that they had suffered.

The hosting groups used the remaining time to enchant the listeners
with traditional Tibetan, Uyghur and Burmese singing and music.

For the concluding moment the Tibetans assembled on the stage praying
for peace and justice for all people in China and singing their
national anthem, conveying their passion for freedom to the
protesters on Dam Square.
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