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New Book Details Peaceful Protests and China's Crackdown in Tibet

February 22, 2010

Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche (C) releases a
book on peaceful protests in Tehor in Tibet's
Kham Province, at a function in Dharamsala, India, on 19 Feb 2010
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
February 19, 2010

Dharamshala -- A Tibetan organisation has
meticulously compiled and published a book
detailing comprehensive account of events backed
with credible evidences of Tibetan people's
peaceful demonstrations against five decades of
wrong policies of the Chinese government in Tibet in 2008.

It clearly details the deaths of hundreds of
Tibetans, arrests and torture of thousands
following the Chinese government's brutal
clampdown throughout Tibet in general, and in the Tehor region in particular.

Based on factual accounts told by different
sources in Tibet to the Central Tibetan
Administration, the Tibetan Solidarity Committee,
and news reports of world media, the book
contains lucid description of protesters'
background and their participation in the peaceful protests.

The book said: "Between 10 March 2008 to 11 June
2009 more than 240 peaceful protests were
witnessed in different areas of Tehor, located in
Karze in Tibet's Kham Province. More than 3,000
Tibetans took part in these demonstrations.
During the same period, substantive evidences
proved brutal killing of 25 Tibetans by the
Chinese authorities in Tehor. More than 140

Tibetans were sentenced to prison in Tehor alone.
An uncountable number of Tibetans were arrested
arbitrarily, while hundreds were maimed and thousands severely beaten".

In the forward to the book His Holiness the Dalai
Lama applauded the initiative of Tehor Welfare
Association and said "accounts based on real
experience witnessed and heard by ones' own eyes
and ears would help in realising the truth of Tibetan people's cause".

His Holiness offered his prayers to all those
Tibetans who sacrificed their lives for Tibet
with unflinching sincerity and courage.

Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche was invited as
the chief guest to launch the book at a function
here this morning. Praising the team of the
book,  Kalon Tripa underlined the "paramountcy of
keeping a written record of Tibetan people's
peaceful struggle to preserve their unique
identity and cultural heritage in Tibet".

Kalon Tripa described the "region of Tehor as an
origin of Tibet's religious and cultural
tradition, and its people as indomitably courageous."

He emphasised that "compiling a written record of
gallant acts of Tibetans living inside at regular
intervals would prove meaning to our struggle for the just cause of Tibet".

On behalf of Tehor association, the editor of the
book expressed deep appreciation to the sponsors,
and pledged to continuously stand united and in
solidarity with the people inside Tibet in their peaceful struggle.

According to the information received by the
Central Tibetan Administration, as of 31 August
2009, about 223 Tibetans have died and over 1,294
were seriously injured since the Chinese
authorities brutally clamped down on the peaceful
demonstrations in Tibet since 10 March 2008. Over
4,657 were arrested, 371 sentenced and more than
990 have simply disappeared. Four Tibetans were
executed in Lhasa 20 October 2009 for their
alleged role in the peaceful protest.
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