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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Tibetans and supporters rally in London as the Olympics draw to a close

August 27, 2008

Student for Free Tibet (UK)
August 24, 2008

London -- The Chinese embassy in London was the backdrop for a strong
statement of commitment from the Tibetan community in Britain and
their supporters. As the closing ceremony of the Olympics commenced
in Beijing, the gathered crowd listened to speeches by Tenzin Dorjee,
Deputy Director of Students for a Free Tibet, Sonam Frasi, member of
the Tibetan government in exile and Terry Bettger, Campaigns
Coordinator of Students for a Free Tibet UK. Pledges were taken both
by Tibetans and Tibet supporters to continue campaigning for Tibetans
inside Tibet.

Tenzin Dorjee addressed the crowd, saying "The Chinese government are
vulnerable because they care about their image and they seek
legitimacy, which is why they have spent billions of dollars on these
Olympics. We must use their vulnerabilities as non-violent tools in
our struggle for Tibetan freedom." Sonam Frasi spoke of the ongoing
need to work towards a political resolution between the Chinese
government and the Tibetan government in exile before leading a
rousing oath: "Mahong par boddon dentha ma salbar, bodkyi chidon la
muthue rangnue gangthon gyi badtson jagyu damcha zhugyu yin? [I
hereby vow that until the Tibet issue is resolved, I will dedicate
myself to the best of my potential to the just cause of Tibet]. Terry
Bettger spoke of the eight protests carried out in Beijing by
Students for a Free Tibet activists, and said to those gathered ?Even
when the Chinese military do all they can to stifle the cry for
freedom from the Tibetan people, we still hear it, and we will
amplify that courageous Tibetan voice so that it echoes around the world.?

The rally was the last of a series of events in London during the
Olympic games organised by UK based Tibet support groups, which
included a bicycle rally, a Tibetan women?s protest, a formal raising
of the Tibetan flag opposite the Chinese embassy and a march ending
with the presentation of a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown
calling for a strong stance from the British government in support of
the Tibetan people.
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