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August 24, 2008

Office of His Holiness of the Dalai Lama
Lerabling, Lodéve, France
August 21, 2008

Following an article published by the French newspaper Le Monde (21
August), His Holiness the Dalai Lama is reported to have said that
140 people were recently killed in eastern Tibet.  We would like to
clarify that His Holiness did not mention any number of casualties.
In response to a question from the journalist about recent news
stating that Chinese troops had fired on a demonstration, His
Holiness clearly stated that we had no specific information on the
number of casualties. In this particular interview His Holiness said:
"We just heard that, but no possibility to cross-check. So I don't know."

Since receiving this news, efforts have been made without success to
communicate with the local affected population in Karze, (Kham,
eastern Tibet, Sichuan province)

Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa
Representative of H. H. the Dalai Lama
The Tibet Bureau
Place de la Navigation 10
CH-1201 Geneva
T +41 22 738 79 40
M +41 79 533 93 10
F +41 22 738 79 41
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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