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Wednesday, August 8, 2007



15. Tibetans protest 2008 Beijing Olympics (ANI)


From our ANI Correspondent

Varanasi, Aug 8: Tibetans here today held a protest against China
hosting the 2008 Olympics, saying Beijing should fulfill its pledge on
human rights, or give up hosting the games.

Tibetan protestors said it was ironical that though China has promoted
its 2008 Olympics as a message of peace and friendship, it was placing
obstacles in Tibet's path to peace and friendship.

"China has no right to host the Olympics after all human rights
violations and damage to the environment," said Allen Shastri, leader of
the Tibet Liberation Front.

Other protestors echoed Shastri's views.

"Olympics is hosted in such countries where there is development of
human rights and fundamental rights. There are no human rights in Tibet
and China, and there are lot of economic problem," said Tensing Oliya, a
student.

Exiled Tibetans living in India are planning to hold their own Olympics
ahead of the Beijing Olympics to draw international community's
attention towards their freedom struggle.

The "Tibetan Olympics 2008" scheduled to be held between May15-25, 2008
in Dharamsala. The Tibet Olympic torch is to be carried from New Delhi
to Dharamsala.

An estimated 134,000 Tibetans live in-exile, a majority of them in India
and Nepal.

The Dalai Lama set up his seat of power in Himachal Pradesh, after he
and his followers fled to India in 1959, nine years after China occupied
Tibet.

The Dalai Lama says he wants greater autonomy, not independence, for his
predominantly Buddhist homeland, but China considers him a separatist
and accuses him of continuing to promote Tibetan independence.


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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