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As Olympics End, Tibetan Cause Continues in NYC

August 26, 2008

By Evan Mantyk
Epoch Times
August 24, 2008

NEW YORK -- Thousands of Tibetans and supporters lined Broadway from
Times Square to Harold Square on Saturday, one day before the Beijing
Olympics closing ceremony.

The last two weeks have not only seen the world's top athletes
compete in Beijing, they've seen protests around the world over
Beijing's horrendous human rights record.

Thousands of Tibetans and supporters have held a variety of large
scale events in New York City, including a bicycle rally and speeches
from protesters arrested during the Games, to raise awareness about
the situation in Tibet—where activists say 1.5 million Tibetans have
been killed since the Chinese Communist Party invaded the region in 1959.

"Right now in Tibet, Buddhist monasteries have been sealed off;
Tibetans are being denied of their basic human rights; international
medial remain barred from Tibet," reads a statement from the Tibetan
group. Activists say approximately 5,000 Tibetans are being kept in
prisons to crush any sign of dissent during the Olympics

"The Olympics may be over tomorrow but the torture and killing in
Tibet is still happening," said Tenzin Choeden, 28, a New York
resident and Tibetan whose parents like so many other Tibetans fled
Tibet to Nepal to escape persecution for their religion and ethnicity.

Choeden is part of a new generation of Tibetans who have grown up
outside of Tibet and yearn for freedom in their homeland.

Pointing to the hundreds of young Tibetans behind her, Cheoden said,
"Most of these young Tibetans have actually gone back to Tibet to
visit their relatives and they've seen how bad the situation is."

A middle-aged Tibetan woman named Rinzin said that she was just 2
when her family fled Tibet for India. Now she wants the world to see
the real China, as it exists under the Chinese Communist Party.

"Before the Olympics the Chinese were known for Chinese food but
after the Olympics they are known for being fake," said Rinzin,
referring to, among other things, the Chinese government's blatant
deception regarding the age of gold medal-winning gymnast He Kexin.

As for what things will be like in China after the Olympics, Peter
Brown -- one of the few Western faces at Saturday's activity --
remained optimistic for a new and more democratic China. He theorizes
that much of the nationalist pride among Chinese people will deflate
after the Olympics.

"During the Games, the Chinese nationalism has sort of taken over but
once the games are over there's going to be this anti-climatic
moment," said Brown, who speaks and reads Chinese and travels between
the United States and India, where there are many Tibetan refugees.

"The Germans [under the Nazis] had the games in 1936 and in 15 years
they were gone, and the Russians [under communism] had them in 1980
and in 10 years they were gone, and I kind of have this almost
superstitious hope that maybe the same sort of phenomenon is going to
happen in China," said Brown.
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