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Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement calling

January 26, 2008

Phayul
Friday, January 25, 2008
By Phurbu Thinley

Dharamsala, January 25: Five leading Tibetan organizations calling on
exile Tibetans to take a protest march to Tibet ahead of 2008 Beijing
Olympic Games today released a two-page registration-cum-declaration
form to formally start registering people taking part in it.

The organisers said registration process had begun with the release of
the form at the press conference here today and would go on till
February 10, 2008.

The two-page form asks individuals for their personal details,
information of family members and immediate kin, and to approve minimum
declarations laid down in it to be part of the "Tibetan People’s
Uprising Movement.

The declaration requires a volunteering individual, once approved by the
organising committee, to uphold firm commitments to be part of the
indefinite “non-violent peaceful movement” and abide by certain rules
and regulations set forth in it.

The form made public from today is part of the procedure in their
comprehensive planning of the return march to their long once peaceful
homeland occupied by Communist China in 1949 using brute force.

The march to Tibet is part of “The Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement”,
which the organisers described it as “a new coordinated Tibetan
resistance effort in lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics”, was launched
earlier on January 4 in Delhi. The five groups also said the movement
would be “an initiative by exile Tibetans to strengthen Tibetan
resistance by taking the struggle home” and hoped to steer “a unified
movement to bring about an end to Chinese rule”.

The march will commence from Dharmsala, the home of the Dalai Lama and
the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, on March 10, 2008, the day Tibetans
would be observing the 49th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National
Uprising against Chinese rule. They then plan to march through India to
Tibet’s border with determination to walk to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital.

Besides, exile Tibetans and their supporters are also planning a series
of global “non-violent direct actions and mass protests” to disrupt the
symbolic relay of the Olympic torch as it is carried around the world
and during the 2008 Beijing Games.

Organisers today reiterated their call on exile Tibetans worldwide to
engage in more protests ahead of the Beijing Olympics and, to join and
support the return march to Tibet.

The organisers accused China’s leadership of “using the Beijing Olympics
as a platform to gain international acceptance and to legitimize its
illegal rule in Tibet” and alleged that “after almost five decades of
oppression and cultural assimilation, the situation inside Chinese
occupied Tibet is getting worse”.

The Groups’ July 4 statement says that the launch of the Tibetan
People’s Uprising Movement is in the spirit of the “1959 (Tibetan
National) Uprising” and “in memory of the courageous Tibetans who
sacrificed their lives for Tibet’s independence and continue to resists
China’s brutal occupation”.

Organisers today said the “return march to Tibet” would cover some 4000
kms to reach Tibet’s border and would last no less than seven months,
but refused to divulge further specific details on the route and
day-to-day strategies. The group also said at least 100 Tibetan marchers
would depart from Dharamsala on March 10 and expect several more
Tibetans and supporters would join them on the way as the momentum
builds up.

“The confidence of the movement entirely rests on the sacrifice and
determination of the Tibetan people,” the General Secretary of Tibetan
Youth Congress Mr Dhondup Lhadar said responding to a media question.
“Both the organisers and those taking part in it must remain firmly
resolved to face challenges and go to any length,” he adds.

When asked about the likely response from Tibetan inside Tibet, Mr
Ngawang Woebar, president of the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet
(Ex-political Prisoners’ Association) said, “Their determination to
sacrifice for the freedom of Tibet is unquestionable and even more
resolute than us”.

“It is the exile Tibetan people’s effort and inspiration that will make
a big difference to Tibetans inside Tibet who have fearlessly shown
constant resistance against oppressive Communist Chinese rule,” he said.

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