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Tibetans, Supporters Stage Die-in Outside China's Propaganda Exhibition

May 8, 2009

SFT Montreal
May 6, 2009

On Tuesday, May 5th, Montreal's Tibetan community and Students for a Free Tibet held a dramatic die-in outside the Chinese Community Centre to protest the recent opening of a Chinese government sponsored exhibition on Tibet. Entitled “Tibet: Past and Present,” the exhibition, which opened on April 26th, was organized by the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa and is part of a worldwide propaganda tour, designed to whitewash China’s brutal and ongoing occupation of Tibet as Tibetans mark 50 years since the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising.

"These controlled, one-sided propaganda tours are nothing more than a desperate ploy by the Chinese government to re-write history and justify its violent repression of the Tibetan people,” said Kelsang Palden. “As a Tibetan, my family was forced to flee Tibet after the Chinese invasion and my people have been denied our most fundamental rights -- this is the true reality of 50 years of Chinese rule in Tibet."

Tibetan and supporters also expressed disappointment at the attendance of three Canadian politicians at the Montreal exhibition opening: Marcel Tremblay, city councilor of Montreal, Fatima Houda-Pepin, member of the National Assembly of Quebec, and Alexandra Mendes, member of the Federal Parliament.

"As a Canadian who values human rights, I am deeply disturbed that my political representatives would take part in such blatant propaganda effort by the Chinese government,” said Chris Schwartz, Students for a Free Tibet. “China’s leadership must understand that as long as it continues its wholesale assault against the Tibetan people and their culture, they will never be truly accepted as a leader on the world stage."
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