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Tibetans to protest against China's brutality in Taipei

Tibetans to protest against China's brutality in Taipei
Tibetans to protest against China's brutality in Taipei

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 immediately.
"Where there is repression, there is rebellion, " said Woeber, adding that the ongoing Tibetan freedom struggle for the past 50 years will continue.
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.
(By Luis Yu)