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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Terrifying time in China

August 25, 2008

By KATIE SCHNEIDER
The Edmonton Sun (Canada)
August 24, 2008

CALGARY -- After being detained by Chinese authorities in Beijing,
two pro-Tibet activists from Edmonton were in Calgary yesterday to
share stories of their terrifying ordeal and raise their voices about
human rights that had been previously silenced.

Steven Andersen, 28, and Denise Ogonoski, 26, members of Students for
a Free Tibet, who were deported from China while protesting in its
capital city during the Olympics, joined dozens of people from
Calgary's Tibetan community at a rally at Olympic Plaza before
marching to the Chinese Consulate.

Andersen had been detained and subsequently deported from China after
arriving in the country a week before, after trying to display
Tibetan flags and raise a banner reading "Tibetans are dying for freedom."

"I think it really speaks a lot to the lengths Chinese authorities
are willing to go to silence opposition," he said.

"That whole experience really reinforced the lack of human rights."

NO FLAG

And he said it was ridiculous his group couldn't hang the flag of
Tibet in a city where those of other nations were displayed for the Olympics.

"As soon as you pull out a Tibetan flag you get taken out by
undercover officers," he said.

Ogonoski was also detained for several hours and later deported after
the apartment she and others were staying in was ransacked by police
before they had a chance to protest.

"We can have a brutalizing few hours but in the end we get to go
home," she said.

"You can't assemble, you can't walk down the street freely, you can't
say a word about Tibet without being persecuted."
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