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Tibetans to protest against China's brutality in Taipei

March 15, 2009

Central News Agency
2009-03-12 10:02 PM

Taipei, March 12 (CNA) The Taiwan Friends of Tibet (TFT), urged
Taiwanese citizens to participate in the "Free Tibet-Tibetans Want to Go
Home" demonstration, which is scheduled for March 14 in Taipei, to
protest against China's forceful suppression of freedom and democratic
movements in Tibet.

Speaking at a press conference in Taipei, TFT head Chow Mei-li said that
local residents should keep in mind that Tibetans still live under an
oppressive regime.

"The Communist Chinese has killed 1.2 million Tibetans and left more
than 6,000 monasteries destroyed in the past 50 years, " said Chow,
adding that the Chinese suppression has also annihilated Tibetan culture
and religious belief.

Urging Taiwanese citizens to participate in the upcoming demonstration,
Chow said that as citizens of a free nation, Taiwanese citizens should
support the Tibetans' cause and take a more active role in the global
campaign for Tibetan rights.

According to Chow, people who wish to participate in the demonstration
are to gather in front of Taipei Metro's Zhongxiao Fuxing station before
1 p.m on March 14. Participants and organizers will then march to the
Taipei 101 skyscraper at 2 p.m.

Ngawang Woeber, president of the Guchusum Movement for Tibet, who is
currently visiting Taiwan, said that despite that the Chinese government
always talks about providing economic prosperity, infrastructure
development and religious rights for Tibetans, the Tibetan people never
benefited from the initiatives.

"The electricity, infrastructure, railway line and constructions are
used to facilitate the exploitation of Tibet's rich natural resources, "
argued Woeber, adding that the infrastructure were designed to encourage
an influx of Chinese immigrants in Tibet. In addition, Woeber said that
during the 2008 uprising, the Chinese government imprisoned more than
8,000 Tibetans, including more than 6,500 of whom have yet to be released.

Moreover, Woeber said that apart from the 215 Tibetans who were killed
during last year's uprising, the whereabouts of close to 1,000 Tibetans
remains unknown.

"These Tibetans were simply tortured and imprisoned for supporting
religious freedom, political sovereignty and the return of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama to Tibet," he added.

Asked what should the Chinese government do to reduce the increasing
tensions in the area, Woeber said that China should release all Tibetan
political prisoners and withdraw all military personnel from Tibet

"Where there is repression, there is rebellion, " said Woeber, adding
that the ongoing Tibetan freedom struggle for the past 50 years will

It is the responsibility of the free world to support the people who
still continues to suffer under such grave brutality, he contended.

Meanwhile, International Tibet Support Network's (ITSN) South Asian
Regional Coordinator Tsering Choedup thanked Kaohsiung City mayor Chen
Chu for officially declaring March 10 as Tibet Day in the city.

"On behalf of all the Tibetan diaspora, I would like to thank the
Kaohsiung mayor for her support on human rights and her consideration on
the Tibetan issue," said Choedup.

In addition, Choedup said that his network and more than 200 civil
organizations around the world has asked British Prime Minister Gordon
Brown to pressure China on the Tibetan issue during the upcoming G20
meeting in London on April 2.

According to Tibetan Government in Exile's statistics, around 86,000
Tibetans died in the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule, which
also forced the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, to flee into
exile in India.

Premier Liu Chao-hsiuan said on March 10 that Taiwan firmly supports
religious freedom in Tibet and Tibet's autonomy, and that the Taiwanese
government is also ready to take concrete measures to help some Tibetans
who lack adequate ID documents to settle in Taiwan.

However, at the moment, both the Republic of China's and the People's
Republic of China's constitutions recognize Tibet as a part of their
sovereign territory.
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