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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Wednesday, August 8, 2007



1. Tibetan Canadian Observer detained in Beijing (SFT)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 8, 2007

Contact: Kate Woznow (Hong Kong) + 852 657-34874 Tenzin Dorjee (New
York) +1 917-304-4571

Tibetan Canadian Observer detained in Beijing hours before Olympics
Countdown Celebration.


Hong Kong - On the day of the one-year countdown to the Beijing 2008
Olympics, Lhadon Tethong, a prominent Tibetan independence activist and
the Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, was detained in
Beijing. Ms. Tethong was picked up by Chinese authorities together with
her colleague Paul Golding, a long-time advocate of Tibetan freedom, and
taken to a Beijing police station.

For the past seven days, Ms. Tethong, a Tibetan-Canadian, has been
traveling in Beijing, openly blogging at www.BeijingWideOpen.org to
expose the reality behind China’s propaganda campaign surrounding the
Olympic Games. She and Mr. Golding have been under heavy scrutiny from
Chinese authorities, followed at all times by several vehicles as well
as plainclothes security officers on foot. This number increased to 30
plainclothes followers after a protest by six activists from Students
for a Free Tibet yesterday on China’s Great Wall.

“At the very moment that China is proclaiming Olympic ideals of peace
and humanity, it has turned around and silenced Ms. Tethong and Mr.
Golding for nothing more than freely expressing their views on the
Beijing Olympics and Tibet,” said Tenzin Dorjee, Deputy Director of
Students for a Free Tibet. “The Chinese government's detention of these
observers during the one-year countdown exposes the blatant propaganda
behind China's efforts to promote an image of itself as a free and open
society.”

Tethong and Golding's abrupt detention comes just hours before tens of
thousands of people, including national Olympic Association delegates
and members of the International Olympic Committee, are gathering in
Tiananmen Square for the official countdown celebration. Chinese
authorities have not responded to requests by relevant embassies of the
six Tibet activists detained on Tuesday for unfurling a 450-square foot
banner reading "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008" in English and
Chinese. The whereabouts of the six activists are still unknown.

Tibetans and supporters around the world – from New Delhi to Rome to
Ottawa to New York – are holding protests today to mark the countdown,
calling on China for a resolution to its occupation of Tibet by August
2008.

Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) is a network of young people and
activists campaigning for Tibetan independence, with 650 chapters in
more than thirty countries worldwide. SFT is based in New York, with
offices in Vancouver, London, and Dharamsala, India.
www.studentsforafreetibet.org.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Tibetan Canadian Observer detained in Beijing (SFT)
  2. One World, One Dream, One Big Human Rights Problem (Der Spiegel)
  3. Unlucky start to Games countdown (Scotsman)
  4. Great Wall protest (Vancouver Sun)
  5. China detains third Canadian, a leader of activist group seeking free Tibet (CP)
  6. 3rd Canadian detained by China, student group says (CBC)
  7. Activists arrested in China (The Province)
  8. Protesters in action as Beijing gets set for one-year countdown to Olympics (AP)
  9. Parents worried after 2 Vancouverites reportedly held in China (CBC)
  10. Canadians detained in China now leaving country, reports say
  11. Activists Step Up Criticism of China, One Year Before Beijing Olympics (VOA)
  12. Beijing Olympics can't avoid political issues (New Zealand Herald)
  13. China: Human-Rights Pressure Increases As Olympic Countdown Begins
  14. Thousands of Tibetans march in Indian capital against China's rule in Tibet (AP)
  15. Tibetans protest 2008 Beijing Olympics (ANI)
  16. Tibetans to hold massive rally against Chinese government (IANS)
  17. Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China (Reuters)
  18. Terror in Tibet
  19. Sinopec establishes exploration base in Tibet



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