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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

High Tension over Free Tibet Movement

March 12, 2008

NBC 29 News, VA
March 10, 2008

The Free Tibet movement marched through Charlottesville Monday
demanding independence. China, which rules the small mountain
territory, says the city is meddling in their affairs.

Either way, the Tibetan flag flew at City Hall Monday morning.
Protestors rallied on the downtown mall and part of the demonstration
snaked through town in a day-long march.

The Tibetan flag on at City Hall sparked protests on both sides of the
Free Tibet issue.

Miss Tseyang is one of the many supporters of a Free Tibet who met
outside City Hall to mark Tibetan National Uprising Day. "I am
fighting because I am from Tibet...But I fight indirectly for the
whole humanity," said Tseyang.

Charlottesville council members stood by their side giving full city
support.

"The city council was unanimous. There really was not much
discussion...This is a community that values freedom...Religious
freedom and political freedom," stated Charlottesville Mayor Dave
Norris.

While supporters of a Free Tibet were marching through Charlottesville
to gain momentum, another point of view was playing out over the
airways.

"I don't believe the city government should be operating in foreign
policy. That is the United States government and the city has no
business there," said Rob Shilling on the Schilling Show on News Radio
1070.

Schilling, a former city councilor, also brought the Chinese embassy
into the conversation, including the First Secretary of the People's
Republic of China, Xin Shen. Embassy members say marchers like the
ones downtown Monday are telling a one-sided story of Tibetan Uprising
Day.

On the radio show Monday, Xin Shen said, "The central government took
on the riot with the support of Tibetan people to protect the national
unity and the fundamental interests..."

There were many opinions and feelings about the events that happened
Monday, but the Tibetan flag is still flying at City Hall.
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