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Book on Peaceful Protests in Tibet's Amdo Province Unveiled

October 6, 2008

Tibet Custom (UK)
October 3 2008

Dharamshala -- A book on peaceful demonstrations by the Tibetan
people held across many regions in Amdo Province in Tibet since March
this year was released on Thursday, 2 October, which also marks 139th
birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, celebrated as non-violence day.

Dignitaries including the members of the standing committee of the
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and secretary of the Kashag secretariat
attended the function.

A one-minute silence was observed to remember and express solidarity
with Tibetans who lost their lives, those who are injured and imprisoned.

While introducing the book, Mr Hortsang Jigme, former member of
Tibetan Parliament, said the objective of publishing the book is to
express our solidarity and concern with the Tibetans living under
China's oppression and to etch their courageous work in Tibetan history.

The book also aims to detail the actual number of Tibetans who were
killed and injured, and those who have been detained or imprisoned.
We hope these facts would enable the international community to
release those imprisoned and render medical assistance to the injured
ones, said Mr Jigme, who is a member of Dhomay Alliance for Freedom
and Justice, which published the book.

In his address, Kasur Kirti Rinpoche said the peaceful demonstration
in Tibet this year is a clear indication of the Tibetan people's
strong indignation of the wrong policies of the Chinese government.
The demonstrations across the three traditional provinces in Tibet
have shown the Tibetan people's strength and spirit of unity, he added.

He emphasised the need to keep Tibetan people's activities as
completely non-violent, adding that the movement must also remain
consistent, which would benefit the Tibetan cause in the long run.

Underlining that preservation and protection of the Tibetan religion
and culture form the bedrock of keeping our identity alive, he said
Tibetan people, particularly living in Tibet, should give top
priority to Tibetan language and traditional costumes in their daily lives.

Expressing concern over the growing immoral elements such as
prostitution in many parts of Tibet, especially in the capital Lhasa,
he said Tibetans should uphold moral behaviour as advised by His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, which is an important aspect of Tibetan identity.

While speaking on the occasion, Kasur Alak Jigme said the book is an
expression of appreciation and gratitude to all those Tibetans, who
sacrificed their lives in the struggle against decades of repression
under China's rule.

He strongly condemned the Chinese authorities' baseless allegations
leveled against His Holiness the Dalai Lama and described their
behaviour as " very disgraceful".

He said the Tibetan people should respond in clear and strongest
terms against the Chinese government's claim that His Holiness the
Dalai Lama has no right to speak on the issue of Tibet.

Mr Mingyur Dorjee, secretary of the Kashag secretariat expressed
appreciation for keeping the accomplishments of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and the heroic efforts of the Tibetan people in the
historical records. Learning from our own experiences during this
crucial, efforts have to be made so that our future generations do
not have to face the problems that we have suffered.

Besides Amdo province, series of non-violent protests were also
witnessed in U-Tsang and Kham provinces. The Chinese government,
instead of addressing the Tibetan people's grievances, used
heavy-handed tactics to ruthlessly suppress them resulting in 218
Tibetans killed, 6705 detained or arrested and 1290 injured so far.
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