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    Descriptive info: .. JavaScript DHTML Menu Powered by Milonic.. M10 Photos.. M10 Videos.. M10 Updates.. M10 Coverage.. History.. Take Action.. Activist Toolbox.. Day of Action Reports.. Profiles in Courage: 50-Day Countdown to March 10th.. On March 10th, 2009 Tibetans and their supporters will commemorate 50 years of Tibetan  ...   2008.. In the 50 days leading up to March 10, SFT is profiling 50 Tibetans who represent the inspiring and enduring Tibetan spirit of resistance and determination to regain the freedom of their homeland.. Click here to read all of the profiles.. TIBET WILL BE FREE..

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    Descriptive info: Toronto.. 2008.. Tibet 2008!.. Paris, France.. Nepal 2008.. New York.. City.. Greece 2008, Lighting the Tibetan Freedom Torch.. India.. Charlottesville, VA 2008.. San Francisc.. ,.. Bern 2008.. Belgium 2008.. Madison, Wisconsin.. Italy 2008.. Japan..

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    Descriptive info: Home.. March 10th Updates:.. March 10th in Edinburgh.. March 10th in Belgium.. March 10th in Wisconsin.. March 10th in France.. It was a wet, wet day.. Not just drizzle but solid sheets of rain.. Four bedraggled souls collected at the foot of the columns of the Scottish National Gallery.. Holding the banner that read China: 0 pts for Human Rights , we stood silently and attempted to attract attention from the bowed heads of pedestrians traipsing through the rain.. Buses stopped in front of us allowing the passengers to read, and a good few tourists stopped to stare for a while.. After a while we began the mile-long walk to the Chinese Consulate.. The rain refused to relent, and the banner began to droop and weigh down in our arms as it became saturated with water.. At least the bright red paint did not run.. Reaching the Consulate, we were amazed to see the door was open, as it was already 3.. 30pm.. A little apprehensive, two of us stayed outside to hold the banner, whilst the other two prepared to enter.. Our question was concerning human rights: Since the IOC presented China with Beijing 2008 Olympics, what measures have you taken to ensure that human rights are being protected in China and Tibet?.. I was wearing a small Tibetan flag across my chest as we approached the open glass door.. We stood there in the foyer, dripping onto the shiny floor.. A tall Chinese woman with long black hair, skinny jeans and boots met us, assuring us that office hours were closed and that we should come back from 9-12pm in the morning.. Behind her, what looked like a make-up workshop was taking place.. Several women were seated at a long table, at the head of which was a woman with her back to us, seated upon a raised stool allowing her face to the painted.. We persisted for a while, asking if there was anyone at all that we could speak to.. As we were reluctantly leaving, a second woman, who would not speak to us at all, was more firm in making us leave the property.. As we came out onto the street, the door and gate were decisively locked up behind us.. Since we were already wet, we decided to hang around the building for a bit longer, standing in front of the security cameras brandishing our banner, and ringing the doorbell again.. Two men in suits pulled up in a new car.. They looked rather important, and were also attempting to get into the Consulate.. They asked us to move away from them, hoping to increase their chances but were still unsuccessful.. I asked one if he was a Foreign Ambassador, hoping to flatter, but he replied that he was with the police , and sternly left.. If the police couldn t get in, we were quite successful to make our presence known!.. Our skills workshop took place later on in  ...   around 400 people when the protestors reached the Chinese Embassy.. The Embassy was empty even though it was office hours.. It seemed that the Chinese authorities closed it because of the demonstration.. The crowd continued demonstrating for three hours till they were joined by the cyclists.. Cycle rally from Antwerpen to Brussels:.. RTYC Belgium began a cycle rally from Antwerpen Central Station.. There were 29 cyclists.. This rally was focused to make people aware of the condition of Tibet.. Between the two biggest cities in Belgium with a distance of 70 KM the cyclists distributed pamphlets all the way stating the failure of the Chinese Government to improve human rights.. The cyclists after cycling for a full day in rain and storm reached the Chinese Embassy to coincide with the demonstration.. Their arrival was heralded and strongly applauded by each and everyone present.. After shouting slogans for an hour the demonstration ended with the singing of the Tibetan National Anthem.. Besides the demonstration, Les Amis du Tibet had contacted different cities all over Belgium asking them to show the Tibetan flag on March 10.. One in four cities (155 among 589) in Belgium has agreed to display the flag.. On March 10, 2008, the Wisconsin Tibetan Association held a March commemorating the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the Chinese occupation.. The march began on State street in Madison and ended on the steps of the state Capitol.. Speakers took to the podium to commemorate the day and to speak out against the Chinese policy on Tibet.. Speakers included: Lobsang Tenzing, President Wisconsin Tibetan Association; Katie Crowley representing U.. S.. Senator Russell Feingold; Representative Spencer Black; Representative Joe Parisi; Asius Vangio, Secretary for Students for a free Tibet, and others.. Click Here to Lisiten.. Click Here to Watch.. 10 March Paris - Tibetans and Tibet supporters marched in major French cities this weekend to commemorate the 49th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.. In Paris, protesters braved wet and windy weather to to join the parade.. Thupten Gyatso, President of the Tibetan Community, gave a introductory speech and rallied the people gathered on the importance of resolving the Tibetan issue peacefully.. Mr Jamphel Choesang, the outgoing Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama read His Holiness' statement in Tibetan followed by Mr Wangpo Bashi reading the French translation in full.. Tibetans were joined by representatives from Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and a group called Taiwanese for a Free Tibet in Paris.. In the southern port city of Marseille, Tibetan supporters launched a symbolic Flame of Tibet as an alternative to the Olympics flame that will reach France early next month.. In Paris, after the formal ceremony a protest march was held at Trocadero, in front of Eiffel Tower.. As the march reached near the Chinese embassy, a two-minute of silence was observed in memory of Tibetans who lost their lives for Tibet.. This was followed by singing of the prayer - The Words of the Truth.. Click Here to watch..

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    Descriptive info: Activist.. Toolbox.. STATEMENTS.. His Holiness's March 10th Statement.. Tibetan Women's Association Statement.. Statement of the Tibetan Youth Congress.. A message to TIbetans inside Tibet from Students for a Free Tibet.. N.. EWS ARTICLES.. Tibetan exiles to leave on 6-month protest march from India into Tibet.. AP.. Parade marks Tibetan uprising.. Taipei Times.. Tibet's language, customs fading away: Dalai Lama.. - Reuters.. Tibetans start torch relay to oppose Beijing Games.. -Reuters.. Monks Staged Bold Protests in Tibet.. -AP.. Hundreds of monks protest in Tibet.. -.. The Guardian.. Tibetans Protest Olympic Torch in SF.. India Bars Tibetan Protest March.. Tibetans Keeping Marching, Defing Ban.. Tibetans Protest SF Hosting Olympic Torch.. Monks in Tibet go on hunger strike as protests spread.. -The Guardian.. For Video News Coverage Click Here.. NEWS ARTICLES.. March 10, 2008.. DHARMSALA, India, Mar 10, (AP) - Hundreds of Tibetan exiles prepared.. to leave Monday for a six-month march from India to Tibet to protest.. Beijing's hold on the Himalayan region and China's hosting.. of the Olympic games.. Tibetan exile groups said the march will be one of several protests.. around the world during the buildup to the to the Aug.. 8-24 Beijing.. Games.. The groups say Beijing's preparations for the Games come at a time.. when China is attempting to stamp out Tibetan Buddhist culture and.. increase the government's presence in Tibet.. This is a people's march, Lobsang Yeshi, one of the coordinators,.. said Sunday of the planned six-month trek.. It could potentially be.. our biggest protest since we came into exile in 1959.. We are.. determined.. to go home and nobody could stop us from doing that.. Hundreds of members of several exile groups plan to depart from.. Dharmsala in northern India on Monday _ the day Tibetans commemorate a.. failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.. Dharmsala has been a center for Tibetan exiles since the Dalai Lama,.. the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, fled there after the failed.. uprising and set up a government in exile.. We are determined to go home and it's our right to do so, said.. Lhadon Tethong, president of the Students for a Free Tibet,.. International Chapter.. There is no better way for Tibetans to.. demonstrate that.. we belong to Tibet.. Organizers said they had not yet determined the route for the march.. Parade marks Tibetan uprising.. The Taipei Times.. Mar 10, 2008.. Free Tibet! Boycott the Beijing Olympics! : nearly 200 people --.. Tibetans and Taiwanese alike -- shouted as they marched through.. streets in Taipei City to commemorate the 1959 Tibetan uprising.. against.. Chinese invasion.. More than 100,000 [Tibetans] were killed during the 1959 uprising.. against Chinese rule, Chou Mei-li, president of Taiwan Friends of.. Tibet (TFOT), said as she explained the importance of the event before.. the demonstrators departed from Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall yesterday afternoon.. Each year on this date, Tibetans worldwide and their supporters walk.. out of their homes to commemorate the day, she said.. We, the.. Taiwanese, certainly won't be absent from it.. The parade, organized by TFOT, the Taiwan-Tibet Exchange Foundation.. and the Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association, began right after a simple.. memorial ceremony in which Tibetans in Taiwan sang the.. Tibetan national anthem and Tibetan monks chanted Buddhist chants.. The marchers held up placards that read stop Chinese colonization in.. Tibet and free Tibet, as well as photos of some Tibetan political.. prisoners.. The youngest political prisoner in the world -- the Panchen Lama,.. the inscription above a picture of a child on a placard said.. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, born in 1989, was named the 11th Panchen Lama --.. the second-highest ranking monk in the Tibetan religion -- by the.. Dalai Lama in 1995.. However, as soon as he was named the Panchen Lama, he disappeared and.. the Chinese government appointed its own Panchen Lama.. The whereabouts of Gedhun are unknown to this day.. Another placard bore a picture of Rungyal Adrak, who openly advocated.. the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet and demanded Gedhun's release last.. August.. As a result, he was arrested and sentenced to eight.. years in prison.. The procession ran into a Fuwa, the mascot of the Beijing Olympics,.. when they were approaching Taipei 101 Tower.. At the entrance of an exhibition hall to promote the exhibition, the.. exhibition organizer had someone dressed up as a Fuwa to promote the.. event.. As soon as the demonstrators spotted the Olympic mascot, some started.. to yell Fuwa, get out and boycott the Beijing Olympics.. No further exchange continued as the exhibition staff quickly pulled.. the Fuwa inside.. Not all participants support boycotting the Olympics.. Erinn Low, a Canadian who is studying Mandarin in Taiwan, said that.. athletes' rights to fulfill their life-long dreams to take part in the.. Olympics should not be taken away, but added she supported the.. demonstration because it would raise public awareness on the Tibetan issue.. Having participated in the event in India several times, it was the.. first time that Dhundup Gyalpo, a Tibetan student at Tamkang.. University, took part in the rally in Taiwan.. He was surprised at the turnout for the parade.. Even though there are only few Tibetans here, the support is huge,.. Gyalpo said.. This just shows that the Tibetan issue is well alive.. This story has been viewed 417 times.. The groups also called on all Tibetans to peacefully protest the.. Olympics and China's plans to have the ceremonial torch paraded.. through Tibet.. Beijing maintains that Tibet is historically part of China, but many.. Tibetans argue the Himalayan region was virtually independent for.. centuries.. Tibet's government-in-exile has not issued any official statement on the march.. By Benjamin Kang Lim.. March 09, 2008.. BEIJING, March 09: Tibet's language, customs and traditions are fading away and Tibetans live in fear as they become an insignificant minority in their Himalayan homeland, the Dalai Lama will say in a speech on Monday.. Monday marks the 49th anniversary of an uprising crushed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army, driving the Dalai Lama, now 72, into exile in India.. The language, customs and traditions of Tibet.. are gradually fading away, the Dalai Lama will say in the speech from Dharamsala, the north Indian hill station where he lives.. Tibetans have had to live in a state of constant fear, intimidation and suspicion under Chinese repression , he will say.. Repression continues to increase with numerous, unimaginable and gross violations of human rights, denial of religious freedom and the politicization of religious issues.. As a result of China's policy of population transfer, the non-Tibetan population has increased many times, reducing Tibetans to an insignificant minority in their own country.. I urge the Chinese government to bring an immediate halt to such policies, the Dalai Lama will say.. The atheist Communist Party has competed against the Dalai Lama for the loyalty of his people but the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner remains the single most important figure in Tibetan life.. China has defended itself saying it ended centuries of serfdom and has poured billions of dollars to develop Tibet and raise the living standards of the impoverished, predominantly Buddhist region.. Turning to the Olympics, the Dalai Lama will say he has supported Beijing hosting the Games from the very beginning, dismissing an accusation by China's top official in Tibet, Zhang Qingli, that he was trying to sabotage and cause trouble.. The Dalai Lama will urge the international community to urge China to prove itself a good host by respecting freedom of expression during the Games.. The world should.. explore ways of investing their collective energies in producing a continuous positive change inside China after the Olympics have come to an end, he will say.. The Dalai Lama will have no harsh words for Chinese President Hu Jintao, who said last week stability in occasionally restive Tibet had a bearing on the stability of China as a whole.. The Dalai Lama will welcome China's emergence as a powerful country thanks to its economic progress, but he will prod China to improve observance of the rule of law, transparency, the right to information and freedom of speech.. Despite no concrete result in talks between China and the Dalai Lama's envoys, the Dalai Lama will say his determination to pursue the middle-way policy and to continue our dialogue with the Chinese government remain unchanged.. March 10th, 2008.. OLYMPIA, Greece - Tibetan activists staged a torch-lighting ceremony outside Olympia on Monday for the start of a global torch relay to protest against decades of Chinese rule over the Himalayan region.. Olympia, site of the ancient Olympic Games, will host the official torch-lighting ceremony for the Beijing Olympics on March 24.. We lit this torch which is of so much importance for us, for a free Tibet, Tendon Dahortsang of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe told Reuters.. The torch was lit outside the gates to the ancient site after the group of about 10 was barred from entering by police.. Tibetan shot-putter Tsultrim Gope was the first relay runner who took the lit torch after five women representing goddesses performed a traditional Tibetan ceremony.. This is proof of the Chinese state's wide influence, Tendon Dahortsang said.. Greek authorities told us we were not allowed to go in because of our big bags, as Chinese embassy officials stood nearby and watched us.. The so-called Tibetan freedom torch will stop over at 50 cities and end at the border of Tibet on the day of the start of the Beijing Olympics, on Aug.. 8.. Olympia has hosted the Games' torch-lighting ceremony and relay since the 1936 Berlin Olympics.. The police had a massive presence and they even escorted us back to our hotels but the people of Olympia clapped and cheered us on along the main street, Tibet Olympic Committee spokesman Kelsang Gope said.. China has controlled Tibet since People's Liberation Army troops marched in in 1950 and considers it an integral part of its territory.. Critics accuse China of repressing Tibetans' religious aspirations, especially their veneration for the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.. China says it has spent billions of dollars developing the impoverished Himalayan region, and raised its living standards.. And it has repeatedly said that it wants to keep politics out of the August Games.. The International Olympic Committee has been under mounting pressure as criticism over China's human rights record grows less than six months before the Games.. The IOC has rejected a Tibetan request to field a team for next year's Beijing Olympics.. The Tibetan team currently comprises some 30 athletes, all exiled.. By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN.. BEIJING Buddhist monks staged two protests in the capital of Tibet this week in a bold, public challenge to China's rule, though a senior official said Tuesday that no one was arrested.. Champa Phuntsok, an ethnic Tibetan who heads the Tibetan regional government, said authorities briefly detained monks from Drepung monastery outside Lhasa who tried to march to the city on the anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Beijing rule in 1959.. He said they were released shortly afterward after being questioned and counseled.. It's really nothing, he told The Associated Press in Beijing, where he was attending the annual legislative session.. Everything is really great.. The protest, which overseas rights groups said involved about 300 monks, is believed to be the largest demonstration in the city since Beijing crushed a wave of pro-independence activity in 1989..  ...   just outside Lhasa, marched in support.. They were stopped at heavily guarded checkpoints, where dozens were detained.. Hundreds of police then surrounded the main monastaries.. Champa Phuntsok, the chairman of the Tibetan government, said the monks were later released and the matter was resolved without incident.. It's really nothing, he told the Associated Press.. But Tibetan supporters overseas said the unrest indicated growing frustration at the lack of progress in talks between the Dalai Lama and Beijing.. I think the fact that these protests happened at all must be disturbing to China, particularly after Burma.. For the first time since 1989, Chinese authorities face the possibility of unrest in Sera and Drepung, said Kate Saunders of the US-based International Campaign for Tibet.. Feelings are running particularly high because it is Olympics year and the spotlight is on China.. Tibetans are more willing to take risks.. Tibetan groups in several other countries staged demonstrations on Monday, the 49th anniversary of an uprising led by the Dalai Lama against Chinese rule.. In India, about 100 refugees in Dharamsala - the home-in-exile of the Dalai Lama - vowed to defy a police order and continue their march to Tibet.. In Nepal, police used batons to break up a march on the Chinese embassy.. Far bigger risks, however, are faced by protesters inside Tibet, where imprisoned monks and nuns are often tortured.. Those who have experienced such ordeals said they were astonished that Tibetans were once again willing to risk such treatment in pursuit of their ideals.. It was shocking and surprising, said Ngawang Sangdrol, a nun who spent years in Lhasa's notorious Drapchi prison before seeking refuge in the UK.. I did not expect Tibetans to be so brave, because I know what happens.. I experienced severe treatment and torture for doing something like this.. RANITAL, India (AP) Hundreds of Tibetan exiles pressed ahead Tuesday with a march from northern India to their Himalayan homeland, defying a police ban on the demonstration against Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Olympics.. The march, which started Monday, was expected to take six months, reaching Tibet during the Aug.. 8-24 Beijing Games in a bid to turn the Olympic spotlight onto China's often harsh 57-year rule over the Himalayan region.. It was one of several events launched around the world Monday by Tibetans commemorating their 1959 uprising against China.. About 300 Buddhist monks also protested in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, one of the boldest public challenges to China's rule in recent years.. India, apparently fearful that the march could embarrass Beijing and jeopardize warming ties between the Asian giants, banned the exiles from leaving the Kangra district that surrounds Dharmsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile.. Local police chief Atul Fulzele said Monday the ban was made following a recommendation by the Indian government.. On Tuesday, the marchers vowed to defy the order.. Walking single file, waving Tibetan flags and holding aloft pictures of the Dalai Lama and Indian pacifist icon Mohandas K.. Gandhi, some 350 exiles followed the road down from the mountains toward the plains of northern India.. Our spirits are high, said 32-year-old Tenzin Lhadon.. If police try and detain us, we will find a way to carry on, she said.. Dozens of supporters lined the road as the marchers passed, chanting Free Tibet.. By nightfall, the protesters reached the town of Ranital, some 20 miles from the Kangra district border.. Tenzin Tsundue, one of the march leaders, said the protesters would likely reach the border by Wednesday and would try to evade the police.. This is the fun part now, Tsundue said.. We are ready for any kind of obstruction.. We will be very peaceful but when so many people are determined to give their lives up, no police can stop us.. However, as they set up camp Tuesday, planting a Tibetan flag on a hilltop, several police officers joined the group, some filming the participants.. Police would not say how or when they planned to stop the marchers.. We are here to protect them, said Baldev Singh, one of the officers.. Marchers said they had faith that police would not arrest them.. The police will be ashamed to touch such peaceful marchers, said Miwang Nagyal, 63.. The exiles' defiance comes as Beijing confirmed Tuesday that Buddhist monks from the Drepung monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa held a demonstration on Monday.. Overseas rights groups said about 300 monks marched toward the city, commemorating the failed uprising that forced the Dalai Lama to flee to India.. In a second, smaller demonstration, nine monks shouted slogans near a temple in central Lhasa.. The march is believed to be the largest demonstration in the city since Beijing crushed a wave of pro-independence demonstrations in 1989.. Since then, China has pumped investment into the region, vilified the Dalai Lama and tried to weed out his supporters among the influential Buddhist clergy moves that have alienated some Tibetans.. com, reported that up to 71 people, mostly monks, were detained following the protests.. However, Tibet's chief administrator Champa Phunstok said authorities defused the incident without arrests.. It's really nothing, he told The Associated Press on the sidelines of National People's Congress, China's annual legislative session.. com.. In Dharmsala, some 500 Tibetans held a candlelit vigil late Tuesday to support the marchers and protest the alleged arrests in Lhasa.. Many Tibetans say their territory was independent when communist troops arrived in 1950 and the Dalai Lama has campaigned for autonomy to protect its culture.. Beijing says Tibet has been part of China for centuries and accuses the Dalai Lama of agitating for independence.. SAN FRANCISCO Tibetan immigrants protesting Chinese control of the Himalayan region vowed Monday to make San Francisco, the only U.. San Francisco has always stood for freedom and human rights, said Yangchen Lhamo, one of protesters, who like many of the women present wore the slim wrap dress that is part of the traditional Tibetan costume.. Newsom's spokesman, Nathan Ballard, said the mayor was deeply concerned about human rights in Tibet, but believed the Olympics was not the forum to address political issues.. It's important to remember that the Olympic spirit is one of international harmony and goodwill, and it transcends politics, Ballard said.. In this spirit, San Francisco is proud to be the only North American city to host the Olympic torch relay.. Monday was the anniversary of the 1959 uprising that forced the Dalai Lama into exile, and Tibetan exiles around the world used the day to protest against China's hosting of the summer Olympics.. Exiles demonstrated in New Delhi, India and Katmandu, Nepal.. In Dharmsala, India, hundreds of Tibetans started a six-month march to their homeland.. In Olympia, Greece, birthplace of the ancient Olympic games, Tibetans lit a Freedom Torch to start a relay intended to course through 50 cities and finish inside Tibet on the same day Beijing will hold the opening ceremonies, Aug.. Tibetan activists plan to congregate in San Francisco in the days preceding the Olympic torch's arrival and line the parade route to remind Americans of China's human rights abuses in their home country, organizers said.. The torch carries this message that China is a great, benevolent country, said Tonzin Wangchuk.. That's false, and it is important that we show the true colors of China.. Chinese Communist troops occupied Tibet in 1951 and Beijing continues to rule the region with a heavy hand.. Beijing enforces strict controls on religious institutions and routinely vilifies the Dalai Lama, who won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.. China says it has ruled Tibet for centuries, although many Tibetans say.. they were essentially an independent state for most of that time.. China's official torch-lighting will be held March 24 in Olympia.. The flame's route will include Mount Everest, in Tibet, in what protesters said was an attempt to legitimize China's hold on the region.. The International Olympic Committee has responded to pressure from activists by saying that although the games came be a catalyst for positive change, they are not a political tool and the organization will not comment on China's human rights record.. We're not a political organization, IOC president Jacques Rogge told The Associated Press in an interview earlier this month.. There are organizations that are far more knowledgeable and powerful than we are to move on the political front.. - The Guardian.. By Jonathan Watts in Beijing.. Tibetan monks have gone on hunger strike to demand the release of protesters detained during the region's biggest demonstrations in almost 20 years, support groups said today.. The sit-down protest in Sera monastery, just outside Lhasa, comes amid reports that the protests against Chinese rule earlier this week have spread to a wider area than previously believed.. We have heard from more than one source that monks in Sera are on hunger strike, demanding the release of imprisoned monks, said Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet.. We don't know the number, but it seems there are many of them.. About a dozen monks were reportedly detained on Monday, when several hundred monks from Sera, Drepung and Ganden monasteries took to the streets to mark the 49th anniversary of a failed uprising against Beijing.. During the boldest action since 1989, some waved the banned Tibetan flag and shouted slogans calling for more freedom.. It emerged today that a similar protest took place at Lutsang monastery in Qinghai, known in Tibetan as Amdo, where hundreds of monks reportedly chanted slogans calling for their exiled leader, the Dalai Lama, to return.. According to the Free Tibet campaign, 100 monks from Myera monastery in Gansu also staged a demonstration.. Since then, there have been further demonstrations.. In Lhasa, thousands of police are said to have used teargas to break up rallies.. Gunfire was heard, but there were no reports of casualties.. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the protesters in Lhasa were seeking to spark social turmoil.. This was carefully planned by the Dalai clique in a bid to separate Tibet and sabotage Tibetan people's normal life of stability and harmony, he told a news conference.. The Guardian was unable to confirm the reports from these regions, where the Tibetan communities are tightly controlled by the Chinese government.. A source in Lhasa said he had seen more than 20 military vehicles on the street and heard that roads to the monasteries were blocked off.. Exiled Tibetans and their supporters say thousands of police have surrounded the main monasteries, but so far the confrontation has not been violent.. It seems as though police and military are not using excessive force at present.. This would be unprecedented as a government response, said Saunders.. They appear to have been ordered to handle this carefully ahead of the Olympics.. With more demonstrations expected in the months ahead, China has declared a climbing ban on the north face of Mount Everest, ahead of the arrival of the Olympic Torch there this summer.. Last year, activists went to Everest's base camp and unfurled a banner saying Free Tibet.. In India, exiled Tibetans who had vowed to march back to their homeland in a protest against the Olympics and the lack of freedom in the Himalayan region were stopped today when Indian police arrested over 100 of the marchers.. The upsurge in activism comes amid growing frustration with the lack of progress in talks between representatives of the Dalai Lama and Beijing..

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    Descriptive info: Action Toolbox.. Tibetan National Flag flying in Tibet, 1933.. Proof of the historical independence of Tibet,.. and that the Tibetan flag was real and.. not something made up after 1959!.. copy and paste this code and put this player.. on your blog, profile, or page:.. March 10: Out of Exile, Into the Streets!.. free tibet - learn more at.. march10.. org.. put this player on your page..

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    Descriptive info: The Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 49th Anniversary.. of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.. On the occasion of the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan people's.. peaceful uprising in Lhasa on 10 March 1959, I offer my prayers and.. pay tribute to those brave men and women of Tibet who have endured.. untold hardships and sacrificed their lives for the cause of the.. Tibetan people and express my solidarity with those Tibetans presently.. undergoing repression and ill-treatment.. -I also extend my-greetings to.. Tibetans in and outside Tibet, supporters of the Tibetan cause and-all.. who cherish justice.. For nearly six decades, Tibetans in the whole of Tibet known as.. Cholkha-Sum (U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo) have had to live in a state of.. constant fear, intimidation and suspicion under Chinese.. repression.. -Nevertheless, in addition to maintaining their religious.. faith, a sense of nationalism and their unique culture, the Tibetan.. people have been able to keep alive their basic aspiration for.. freedom.. I have great admiration for the special characteristics of.. the Tibetan people and their indomitable courage.. I am extremely.. pleased and proud of them.. Many governments, non-governmental organisations and individuals.. across the world, because of their interest in peace and justice, have.. consistently supported the cause of Tibet.. Particularly during the.. past year, governments and peoples of many countries made important.. gestures that clearly expressed their support to us.. I would like to.. express my gratitude to every one of them.. The problem of Tibet is very complicated.. It is intrinsically linked.. with many issues: politics, the nature of society, law, human rights,.. religion, culture, the identity of a people, the economy and the state.. of the natural environment.. Consequently, a comprehensive approach.. must be adopted to resolve this problem that takes into account the.. benefits to all parties involved, rather than one party alone.. Therefore, we have been firm in our commitment to a mutually.. beneficial policy, the Middle-Way approach, and have made sincere and.. persistent efforts towards achieving this for many years.. Since 2002,.. my envoys have conducted six rounds of talks with concerned officials.. of the People's Republic of China to discuss relevant issues.. These.. extensive discussions have helped to clear away some of their doubts.. and enabled us to explain our aspirations to them.. However, on the.. fundamental issue, there has been no concrete result at all.. And.. during the past few years, Tibet has witnessed increased repression.. and brutality.. In spite of these unfortunate developments, my stand.. and determination to pursue the Middle-Way policy and to continue our.. dialogue with the Chinese government remain unchanged.. A major concern of the People's Republic of China is its lack of.. legitimacy in Tibet.. The principal way to lend weight to their.. position is for the Chinese government to pursue a policy that.. satisfies the Tibetan people and gains their confidence.. If we are.. able to achieve reconciliation by treading a path of mutual consent,.. then, as I have already stated many times, I will make every effort to.. win the support of the Tibetan people.. In Tibet today, due to the Chinese government s numerous actions,.. driven as they are by a lack of foresight, the natural environment has.. been severely damaged.. And, as a result of their policy of population.. transfer the non-Tibetan population has increased many times, reducing.. native Tibetans to an insignificant minority in their own country.. Moreover, the language,  ...   freely on.. their behalf.. However, it is common knowledge that I have been in.. semi-retirement since the political leadership of the Tibetan Diaspora.. has been directly elected by the general Tibetan populace.. China is emerging as a powerful country due to her great economic.. progress.. This is to be welcomed, but it has also provided China an.. opportunity to play an important role on the global stage.. The world.. is eagerly waiting to see how the present Chinese leadership will put.. into effect its avowed concepts of harmonious society and peaceful.. rise.. For the realisation of these concepts, economic progress alone.. will not suffice.. There must be improvements in observance of the rule.. of law, transparency, and right to information, as well as freedom of.. speech.. Since China is a country of many nationalities, they must all.. be given equality and freedom to protect their respective unique.. identities if the country is to remain stable.. On 6 March 2008, President Hu Jintao stated: The stability in Tibet.. concerns the stability of the country, and the safety in Tibet.. concerns the safety of the country.. He added that the Chinese.. leadership must ensure the well-being of Tibetans, improve the work.. related to religions and ethnic groups, and maintain social harmony.. and stability.. President Hu s statement conforms to reality and we.. look forward to its implementation.. This year, the Chinese people are proudly and eagerly awaiting the.. opening of the Olympic Games.. I have, from the very beginning,.. supported the idea that China should be granted the opportunity to.. host the Olympic Games.. Since such international sporting events, and.. especially the Olympics, uphold the principles of freedom of speech,.. freedom of expression, equality and friendship, China should prove.. herself a good host by providing these freedoms.. Therefore, besides.. sending their athletes, the international community should remind the.. Chinese government of these issues.. I have come to know that many.. parliaments, individuals and non-governmental organisations around the.. globe are undertaking a number of activities in view of the.. opportunity that exists for China to make a positive change.. I admire.. their sincerity.. I would like to state emphatically that it will be.. very important to observe the period following the conclusion of the.. The Olympic Games no doubt will greatly impact the minds of.. the Chinese people.. The world should, therefore, explore ways of.. investing their collective energies in producing a continuous positive.. change inside China even after the Olympics have come to an end.. I would like to take this opportunity to express my pride in and.. appreciation for the sincerity, courage and determination of the.. Tibetan people inside Tibet.. I urge them to continue to work.. peacefully and within the law to ensure that all the minority.. nationalities of the People's Republic of China, including the Tibetan.. people, enjoy their legitimate rights and benefits.. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Government and.. people of India, in particular, for their continuing and unparalleled.. support for Tibetan refugees and the cause of Tibet, as well as.. express my gratitude to all those governments and peoples for their.. continued concern for the Tibetan cause.. With my prayers for the well-being of all sentient beings.. The Dalai Lama.. 10 March 2008.. (Translated from the original in Tibetan).. -----------------------------.. The Office of Tibet.. 241 East 32nd Street.. New York, NY 10016.. Tel: (212) 213 5010.. www.. tibetoffice.. org/en..

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    Descriptive info: A Message to Tibetans inside Tibet.. from Students for a Free Tibet.. on the occasion of Tibetan National Uprising Day, March 10th, 2007.. To all Tibetans inside Tibet,.. On behalf of all the members of SFT around the world, Tibetans, non-Tibetans, students and activists working for human rights and freedom in Tibet, I send you a message of solidarity on this 48th commemoration of the March 10th 1959 Uprising.. Across the globe, Tibetans and supporters are holding the largest March 10th demonstrations in years.. We want to let you know that we remain firmly committed to the cause of Tibetan freedom and independence.. We pledge to work even harder to realize this goal and in the coming months and years we will redouble our efforts to fight China s lies and destructive policies in Tibet.. We know that change will come to China, and we will prepare ourselves for this moment so that we can seize any opportunity for advancing the cause of independence  ...   We will use our knowledge of the world, our talents and passion, to fight them with all our might.. As the Beijing Olympic Games approach, we will organize campaigns and take action to expose China for its brutal occupation of Tibet and educate the global public about the intense suffering Chinese rule has caused to the six million Tibetan people.. There will be protests in Beijing during the Olympics.. We will not be deterred by China s efforts to keep us away.. We will stand tall and proud and unafraid in the face of their intimidation.. We know that truth will one day prevail but only if we work with strength and conviction, and employ strategic vision and execution to dismantle the monstrous structure of Chinese imperialism in Tibet.. We are with you in heart and spirit.. No matter how long this fight may take, we will never give up.. Tibet will be free.. Bod Rangzen.. Lhadon Tethong.. Executive Director.. Students for a Free Tibet..

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