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Tibetans give an account of Chinese oppression

June 1, 2009

Asian News International/DailyIndia
From ANI
May 29, 2009

New Delhi, May 29 -- Four Tibetans who played an
active role in the 'peaceful protests' staged in
Tibet against the Chinese occupation of their
land recalled the atrocities committed by the
Chinese forces on fellow Tibetans. hey narrated
their experiences at a news conference in New Delhi on Thursday.

The four Tibetans Tsering Gyurmey, Gonpo, Tsewang
Dhundup and Lobsang Thubten took part in the
'peaceful protests', which took place in Karze
County on March 18 and March 23, 2008.

Later they managed to escape from Tibet and entered India.

They recounted how the Chinese police brutality
resulted in the death of a monk protester on
March 24, 2008. Tsewang Dhondup who sustained
serious gunshot wounds endured a year long
unbearable suffering since lack of medi-care led
to maggots aggravating his wounds.

The deep gunshot wounds and eye witness accounts
of deaths of Tibetan protestors discount Chinese
government's claim of not using violent methods on peaceful Tibetan protestors.

"According to my information about 20 people
died. When I reached the protest site I saw a
monk who was unconscious. I tried to save his
life. While saving the life of 20-year-old Kunga
who was hit by a bullet, I was also shot twice,
one in the back piercing through the front part
and another on the left arm leaving me unconscious," said Tsewang Dhondup.

Another activist Lobsang Thubten recalled his
struggle against Chinese oppression.

"We started a non-violent campaign by boycotting
farming. The reason behind this was that many
young Tibetans were killed during the protest and
it was just a deep anger and resentment against those killings," said Lobsang.

On reaching India, they headed to Dharamsala the
seat of Tibetan government in-exile.

Ever since the Dalai Lama and his followers fled
from Tibet in 1959, they established a found a
new haven to preserve their unique faith, culture
and identity at Dharamsala, which in turn has
earned it the name 'Little Tibet'.
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