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Kashag to Mark Tibetan New Year with Only Religious Programmes

February 10, 2009

Source: Tibet.net (Official website of the Tibetan Government in exile)

Dharamshala: The Central Tibetan Administration announced Saturday that
only the customary religious programmes will held to mark the Tibetan
New Year, taking into consideration of the continuing repression in
Tibet and the ruthless crackdown last year which resulted in the deaths
of hundreds of Tibetans and thousands imprisoned.

The Kashag has appealed to all the concerned departments and offices of
the administration not to organise any lavish and pompous celebrations
such as hosting feasts, dance parties and lighting firecrackers.

Similarly, the Kashag also directs all the officials of the
administration to refrain from taking part in such gatherings.

The direction has been given to all the staff working in Tibetan
settlements, offices of Tibet, schools and healthcare centres.

Last year in March, the Tibetan people across the traditional provinces
of Tibet expressed their deep-seated resentment against the wrong
policies of the Chinese government in Tibet. Subsequent brutal crackdown
by the Chinese military left more than 219 Tibetans dead and 1294
injured. Around 5,600 people are still under arrest or detention and
more than 1000 missing.
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