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Tibetan Olympic torch relay arriving in Taipei tomorrow

February 25, 2008

FREE SPIRIT: Organized by Tibetans in exile, the torch represents
their commitment to the pursuit of peace, harmony and struggle for
freedom
Taipei Times, Taiwan

Feb 23, 2008

The Tibetan Olympic torch relay, which started in Delhi, India, last
month, will pass through Taipei tomorrow. The torch is scheduled to
pass through 10 cities across five continents before reaching the seat
of the Tibetan government in exile in Dharamsala, India.

"The Tibetan Olympics is organized by young Tibetans in exile to show
the Tibetans' determination to pursue peace and harmony as represented
by the Olympic spirit," said Li Jieh-mei, a spokeswoman for the
Taiwan-Tibet Exchange Foundation. "They also want to mobilize
international support for their struggle for freedom, human rights and
the right to participate in international sports events."

The foundation, along with the Tibetans in Taiwan and Taiwan Friends
of Tibet, has organized a ceremony to welcome the torch.

The Tibetan Olympics will be held from May 15 to May 25 in Dhramshala, Li said.

The Taipei leg of the torch relay will start at 10am tomorrow in front
of the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall, with Miss Tibet 2006
Tsering Chungtak leading a symbolic run around the memorial hall, Li
said.

Chungtak took part in the Miss Tourism Queen contest in Malaysia last
year. However, she withdrew from the contest in protest, as the
organizer asked her to wear a sash that read "Miss Tibet-China."

Dhundup Gyalpo, a Tibetan who is studying at National Chengchi
University, is very excited about the torch relay.

"For Tibetans around the world, [the Tibetan Olympics and the torch
relay] are opportunities to show not only our love for sports, but the
Tibetan spirit in fighting against China," he told the Taipei Times
during a telephone interview.

Furthermore, he believed that Tibetans should also "take the Beijing
Olympics as an opportunity to highlight Tibetan issues, such as
[China's] violation of human rights in Tibet and [its use of]
torture," he said.
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