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China's President to be Greeted by Tibetan and Chinese Protests

April 1, 2009

Tibet Society (UK)
March 31, 2009

Tibetans in exile and pro-democracy Chinese unite
in condemnation of Hu Jintao’s policies in Tibet and China

 From Tibetan Community in Britain, Tibetan Youth
UK, Tibet Society, Students for a Free Tibet

[London 31 March 2009]

To mark China’s President Hu Jintao’s short stay
in London to attend the G20 London Summit on 1
and 2 April, Tibetans and pro-democracy Chinese
nationals are staging protests, a 24-hour hunger
strike and candle-light vigil1 in solidarity with
Tibetans and Chinese people suffering under the
brutal human rights policies of the Chinese government.

Phurbu Rinzin, Campaign Manager for Tibetan
Community in Britain said, "We are taking these
actions to remind Hu Jintao of the ongoing
suffering in Tibet and urge him to put human
lives before trade. Hu’s so-called ‘harmonious
society’ cannot be achieved just through trade
and economic development; the regime must
relinquish the continued use of brute force when
implementing its policies on ethnic minorities
particularly the Tibetan people."

Tibet is now a global issue; environmentally,
culturally and politically. The Tibetan plateau
is the primary water source for around one sixth
of the world’s population; China’s indiscriminate
exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources and its
environmental pollution not only severely strains
Tibet’s fragile ecological balance, but could
affect billions of people. Culturally, its unique
history and profound spiritual heritage could
play an important role in the stability of Asia
and aid peace and security in the world at large,
but the continuing cynical influx of Chinese
immigrants to Tibet puts its unique culture,
language and traditions at risk of extinction.

"Hu Jintao has blood on his hands," said Karma
Chura-Tsang, Director of Tibetan Youth UK and
added, "He was the Party Secretary of Tibet
Autonomous Region (TAR) from 1988 to 1992 and
last year gave a chilling reminder of his
hard-line policies when armed police and soldiers
used lethal force to crackdown on peaceful
protesters in Tibet. This brutal and instant
response cost over 200 Tibetans their lives,
thousands are in detention and over a thousand remain missing."

Key demands:
1. China’s illegal occupation of Tibet must end
now. The past 50 years of Chinese rule has seen
the destruction of over 6,000 Tibetan Buddhist
monasteries and important learning centres; this
has put the Tibetan national heritage and
traditions at severe risk. China’s illegal
invasion of Tibet in 1950 has resulted in the
loss of over one million Tibetan lives. China
must let Tibetan people govern their own homeland.

2. Allow independent investigation and media
access in Tibet. If China has nothing to hide, it
must allow independent delegations to visit and
give the media access across the Tibetan region
to assess the current situation. Inviting only
state-sponsored media tours to visit Tibet is
neither open nor transparent and does not
engender trust or confidence in the Chinese regime.

3. Human Rights before Trade. China’s government
must stop harassing the Tibetan people and
respect their basic human rights as enshrined in
the UN Charter, especially the freedoms of
expression and religion. Tibetans must be able to
show their loyalty to their spiritual and
temporal leader, the Dalai Lama without fear of
reprisals and ‘patriotic re-education’. It cannot
expect to be respected or contribute
significantly towards economic growth globally
unless it acts responsibly and adheres to basic human and civil rights.

[Ends]

For background / further information contact:
Phurbu Rinzin, Tibetan Community in Britain:
07795071837 Email: phr004@googlemail.com

Karma Chura-Tsang, Tibetan Youth UK: 0772 550
1995 Email: karma@tibetanyouthuk.org

Philippa Carrick, Tibet Society: 07941 105485 Email: philippa@tibetsociety.com

Pema Yoko, Students for a Free Tibet: 07825 616 357 Email: pema@sftuk.org

For interview
1) Action details:

NB. Participants are all available for interview.
To arrange, please call Phurbu Rinzin on 07795071837

24-hour hunger strike by Tibetan and Chinese nationals
Wednesday 1 April, 18:00 to Thursday 2 April 2009 18:00

Opposite the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London SW1

Protest by Tibetans, pro-democracy Chinese and Tibet supporters
Wednesday 1 April, 16:00-20:00

Opposite the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London SW1

Candle-light Vigil
Thursday 2 April from 17:00 to 20:00

Opposite the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London SW1
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