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New Delhi, August 11 – TYC General Secretary Tenzin Norsang led a resolute group of about 150 activists to obtain a response to their memorandum submitted July 29 at the United Nations Office in New Delhi. The group raised slogans requesting the UN to take a stronger stand against China’s illegal occupation of Tibet and to condemn the Chinese system of governance. They demanded that a representative come out and answer their questions. The activists pledged a 12 hour hunger strike without food and water until their pleas were heard.

Tenzin Norsang was escorted inside by police officers and after a brief communiqué with UN delegates he addressed the crowd.
“They assured me our memorandum has been forwarded to the head office and related human rights groups. The UN has also expressed further support and encouragement in light of the present crisis.” He further added it was not permissible for representatives to come out of the building and interact with the protesters for which they have expressed regret but nonetheless relayed that they stood behind the Tibetans in their quest for freedom and fundamental rights.

After requests from the Indian authorities to disperse the group boarded three buses chanting slogans and headed towards Jantar Mantar.

In a related incident, the second batch of hunger strikers who have entered Day 6 without food and water as part of the second phase of Tibetan People’s Mass Movement under the organization’s leadership are losing strength with visible changes in physical conditions.

Protestors are taken back to Jantar Mantar in police bus. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)

According to Vice President Dhondup Dorjee, the six men have on an average lost 5-7 kilograms with fatigue and nausea setting in. He said the doctor advised medical treatment to four of the participants but they turned it down. Sonam Samdup was said to be doing poorly as was Lobsang Jorden. Tibetan nurses attend to the hunger strikers during the weekend to provide basic health care routine. Asha Reddy broke her fast yesterday morning after spending four days and nights at Jantar Mantar without food and water to display her support to the Tibetan race.

The first batch of hunger strikers who were taken to Ram Manohar Lohia on the 9th day of their indefinite fast were moved to Tirath Ram hospital August 9 by TYC.

The second batch of hunger strikers entered Day 6 without food and water. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)

All except Jangchup Sangpo who suffered injuries at the hands of the Indian police the night they were forcibly taken to the hospital are said to be responding well to treatment.

TYC activists who were arrested for protesting outside the Chinese Embassy coinciding with the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Games August 8 were released from judicial custody the next day. Nine Tibetans who passed out during the scuffle were taken to the hospital and released after medical care.

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Beijing, August 10 – Five Tibet activists, including a Tibetan woman from Germany, Padma-Dolma Fielitz, 21, staged a protest today at 3:10pm Beijing time just outside the southern entrance of Tiananmen Square.

Padma-Dolma Fielitz and another activist held the Tibetan national flag aloft. As Chinese security officials tried to wrest the flags away, Padma was seen being dragged across the ground. Shortly after, three other activists attempted to unveil a large banner before being removed by Chinese security officials. The banner read: “Tibetans are dying for freedom.” The protest lasted approximately five minutes. All five protesters were detained by the Chinese authorities and their present whereabouts and status are unknown.

The other four activists included two Americans, John Hocevar, 40, of Austin, Texas, and Adam Zenko, 35, of San Francisco, California and two Canadians, Maude Côté, 28, of Quebec, and Steven Erich Andersen, 28, of Alberta. Hocevar is the founding director of Students for a Free Tibet and has been in Beijing since August 4th writing, blogging and providing commentary and analysis to journalists on the Tibet issue . Côté is a board member of Students for a Free Tibet Canada.

Before the action, Padma-Dolma said, “There are no words to describe the terrible suffering of my people at this moment – the Chinese government is relentlessly crushing the Tibetan people when they desire nothing more than the restoration of their basic rights and freedom. Tibetans are being killed, silenced and marginalized, our precious religion strangled, as the Chinese government attempts to extinguish all trace of Tibetan identity. I am protesting today to tell the world that, while it stares mesmerized at China’s Olympic Games, my people are being crushed under the boot of Chinese oppression.”

Today’s protest is the first to have included a Tibetan since the Beijing Games began. Fearful of protests, the Chinese government has made it a priority to clear Tibetans out of Beijing in the run up to the Games and have blocked Tibetans living in exile from traveling to China.

At 11:40 am, five Canadian Tibet activists confirmed by phone that they were being detained at their hotel in the Chao-Yang District and questioned in the basement. They have not been heard from since. They are Jasmine Freed, 27; Paul Christopher Baker, 29; Michael Hudema, 31; Denise Ogonoski, 26 and William Nelson, 26.

BEIJING: Activists wrapped themselves in Tibetan flags on Saturday and lay down in Tiananmen Square in a protest that was angrily rejected by Chinese onlookers who followed the group and shouted “Get out!” The demonstration by five members of Students for a Free Tibet was a breach of heavy security in the heart of Beijing on the first full day of competition in the Olympic Games.

The protesters, three American, a Canadian and a German, “were calling for an end to the Chinese government’s occupation in Tibet,” according to Lhadon Tethong, executive director of the New York-based group. They clasped each others’ hands and walked around the square, chanting “Freedom for Tibet,” and “One World, One Dream, Free Tibet” , a play off a Beijing Olympics motto, according to a video footage.

While their protest was initially regarded with curiosity by onlookers, a group of young Chinese men suddenly started shouting “Get out! Get out!” and began aggressively surrounding the foreigners, the footage showed. Some wore red and yellow headbands, China’s national colors.

They eventually were separated from the protesters by men who appeared to be plainclothes security agents and were led away, said John Hocevar, a member of Students for a Free Tibet who was videotaping the protest. He said he did not know where they were taken. Officials at the Beijing Public Security Bureau and Tiananmen Square police station would not comment.

The action came a day after three Americans from the group were detained while displaying Tibetan flags near the entrance to National Stadium, which hosted the opening ceremony for the games Friday night. They were deported Saturday on flights to New York, the group said. On Wednesday, four other members hung pro-Tibet banners from two light poles outside the stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest. They were led away by police and later deported to Europe and the United States.

“The Chinese government is seeking to cover up its ugly occupation of Tibet with the bright lights of the Olympics,” Matt Whitticase, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement on Saturday. Also on Saturday, security officers in Hong Kong removed a university student who tried to display the Tibetan flag during the Olympics equestrian competition.

Seated in the front row, the student, Christina Chan, displayed a placard bearing the Canadian flag. When she tried to peel away the Canadian flag to reveal a Tibetan flag beneath it, security officers covered her with a blue cloth and asked her to leave. They carried her out of the venue after she refused.

Pro-Tibet activists around the world have staged demonstrations in the run-up to the Summer Games, claiming China is using the sporting event to legitimize its rule in Tibet. Tibet has been an extremely sensitive topic since protests against almost 50 years of Chinese rule turned violent in the region’s capital of Lhasa in March. Many Tibetans insist they were an independent nation before Communist troops invaded in 1950, while Beijing says the Himalayan region has been part of its territory for centuries.

A montage of photos from last nights vigils around the world

Four Tibetan youth in Nangchen County in north eastern Qinghai Province were arrested on 26 July 2008 by the Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials for protesting against the Summer Festival planned by the Chinese government to greet the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

According to sources, the Chinese authorities of Nangchen County, Jyekundo (Ch: Yushu) “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (‘TAP’) in Qinghai Province, have ordered all the township and villages authorities under it’s administration to prepare and bring out a festive spectacle/performance during the planned summer festival in Drokshog Township, Nangchen County, to greet the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The planned five days Summer Festival with song and dance, and custom competition among villages at Drokshog Township in Nangchen County was officially announced about two months ago ordering compulsory participation from each family with rehearsal date set on 25 July 2008. It was confirmed that lyrics of songs prepared by each and every villages were thoroughly scrutinized by the authorities to ensure that no songs contain lyric latent with bereavement message of separation or message in praise of the exiled Dalai Lama or Gyalwa Karmapa. The people were known to have shown great displeasure over stern enforcement by the Chinese authorities.

On 26 July 2008, just three days before the actual commencement of the Summer festival, four Tibetans from Nangchen County – Asang Bersatsang, 21 years old, Ngoesoe Konkyaptsang, 35 years old, Jamsang and Gadho (age unknown) shouted slogans in the presence of a large number of local government officials and people at the site of the planned summer festival in Drokshog Township where people were setting up tents and making preparation for the festival. The four voiced their disapproval of the summer festival to greet the Olympic Games by saying, “this is not the year to celebrate as Tibetans have suffered untold repression under the Chinese regime, rather it is time to mourn and offer prayers (for those died and imprisoned in recent protests across Tibet),” “we want freedom” and “the Dalai Lama should return to Tibet”. After their protest, while distributing pamphlets, the four requested Tibetans at the festival site to return to their respective villages. According to the source, Tibetans who have gathered for the festival preparation at Drokshog Township packed up their tents and gears in solidarity with the protesters leaving only the government tents at the festival ground. The Chinese authorities’ planned summer festival at Drokshog Township in Nangchen County, to greet the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, was not able to go off because of mass pull out by people following protest by four Tibetans.

According to sources, in the same evening the four Tibetans were arrested from Drokshog Township by Nangchen County Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials and detained at Nangchen County PSB Detention Centre. Following their detention, residents of Drokshog Township wrote an appeal letter to the County authorities on 28 July calling for their immediate release and stated that people will continue to stand behind until their release from the Detention Centre. As of now, there is no further information on the four arrested Tibetans.

The Centre expresses its serious concern at the continuous detention of the Tibetans, whose only crime had been expression of their opinion in a peaceful manner. The constitution and law of China guarantees its citizen the right to freedom of expression and opinion. In this context, TCHRD believes that the four Tibetans have not violated the laws of land and had resorted to any action that undermine the Chinese constitution. TCHRD therefore appeals to the Chinese authorities to immediately release all the detained Tibetans solely for exercising their fundamental human rights enshrined in her Constitution and various international human rights covenants that she is party to. TCHRD is particularly concerned about the level of strict security and repression that has been imposed on the daily lives of people in the name of pre-Olympic security sweep across Tibet and other areas.

Nepalese police Friday broke up an anti-China protest in the capital Kathmandu and arrested over 150 Tibetan exiles. The Tibetans, including Buddhist monks and nuns, were arrested near the Chinese embassy in central Kathmandu.

Police in riot gear stopped the protestors about 200 metres from the embassy’s consular section. Minor scuffles then broke out as the protestors tried to breach the police lines.

The protestors were dragged into waiting vans and police trucks to be taken to detention centres.

“More than 150 Tibetans were arrested after they tried to march on to the Chinese embassy’s consular section,” Kathmandu district police office said. “We expect most of them to be released by Friday night.”

Many Tibetans carried placards and Tibetan flags and chanted slogans including “We want a free Tibet” and “Long live the Dalai Lama.”

The protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations by Tibetan exiles since 10 March.
Nepal has more than 20,000 Tibetans concentrated mainly in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara in the west.

The figure does not include Tibetans who arrived in the country after 1990, when the Nepalese government stopped registering them as refugees.

Estimates said about 3,000 Tibetans arrive in Nepal each year crossing dangerous mountain passes and risking their lives to flee Chinese rule.

The Nepalese government has repeatedly said it considers Tibet to be part of China and will not tolerate anti-Chinese activities.

International human rights organizations have criticized Nepal for its handling of the protests and accused the government of cracking down on the refugees under Chinese pressure.

“Candle for Tibet” is a non-profit, non-violent light protest that aims to help in the process of freeing Tibet, supporting the value of freedom of all mankind, and to help in creating a new tool of influence for individuals from all over the world.

H.H. the Dalai Lama acknowledged today the importance of the Candle for Tibet (CFT) campaign for Freedom in Tibet and for all mankind.

“We hope your Candle for Tibet campaign will inspire the Chinese authorities to appreciate the value of freedom of all mankind and the importance of the Tibetan Buddhist culture that is benefiting millions of people and has the potential to serve humanity as a whole, including the Chinese people,” said Tsering Tashi representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

“Candle for Tibet” asks people to put a candle in their windows, on their desks, or anywhere else where other people will see it and hopefully do the same. Over 100 million people will participate in vigils and other light actions throughout the world. Billions on TV screens all over the world will see it on the day the Beijing Olympics open.

CFT organizers also encourage all freedom lovers in the world to drive their cars with headlights on during the entire day of Friday, August 8th, 2008—the day of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony—in appreciation of their own freedom.

CFT is additionally calling on all people attending the opening ceremony in Beijing to light candles, lighters, flashlights and cell phones at the moment the Chinese delegation enters the Olympic stadium.

On the following day letters will be issued to every head of state in the world reporting how many people from each country wish Tibet to be free, and demanding that each one of them will act for the freedom of Tibet.

Synchronized with the beginning of the opening ceremony, teams from “Sad Smoky Mountains” will flare the skies with red smoke from skyscrapers, monuments and major buildings In major cities, and from the summits of more than 100 mountains on three continents. (For more information on Sad Smoky Mountains, visit http://www.sadsmokymountains.net/.)

CFT is endorsed and supported by the International Tibet Support Network (ITSN), and, almost all other major International Tibet support groups.

Tibetan musician, Yungchen Lhamo, has joined the “Candle for Tibet” campaign and is leading it into people’s hearts with her divine voice, music and spirit.

CFT is a peaceful light protest and a show of unity for freedom and human rights.

We are not against the Olympics or the Chinese; we stand for freedom for all peoples.

“Like you, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile is not against the coming Olympics to be held in Beijing,” added Tsering Tashi. “We are also not against the Chinese people, who also do not enjoy genuine human rights and freedoms that the people in the free world take for granted.”

“We are elated to have the blessing of His Holiness,” said David Califa, who created the Campaign for Tibet four months ago. “It strengthens the values on which our non-violent action is based.”

Please add your voice and your light to our campaign.

http://www.Candle4Tibet.org
info@candle4tibet.org

Do you, like me, care about freedom and want to have a say about it?

Please join more than 100,000,000 people in the Biggest Light Protest on Earth for a Free Tibet.

Light a candle on August 7th at 9:00 p.m. (At your home, or in public)
Join and enjoy special light actions on the same night.
Drive with you car’s headlights on during August 8 2008.
Watch “Sad Smoky Mountains” teams paint the sky with red smoke.
Watch those attending the opening ceremony in Beijing light candles, flashlights, cell phones and lighters. All for a FREE TIBET.
Please us join ,

Love,

Candle for Tibet
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Dharamsala, July 22: A group of Tibetan non-governmental organisations based in Dharamsala today announced to spearhead a new round of “Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement” campaigns to take Tibetan freedom struggle to a new height as Beijing prepares to showcase 2008 Olympics as China’s “Coming out party”.

The committee members of the Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement (TPUM) said they would organise “numerous actions” in Dharamsala, administrative centre of Tibetan exiles in India, and other international venues like UN and IOC Offices in Geneva and New York, European Union in Brussels and Strasbourg.

The group said the actions would be organised in a more vigorous manner both during and after the Beijing Olympics, but declined to give more specific details.

“We have Tibetans and supporters all over the world who will actively take part in our campaign activities” Dr. B. Tsering, president of Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), said at a press conference here today. “Accordingly we will arrange and organise effective campaigns at relevant places,” she added.

The group, in their press statement, said they believed in the “fierce urgency of now” to exploit various channels and means to convey the demands and the aspirations of the Tibetan people and raise Tibet issue at strategic international levels by putting pressure on relevant international bodies.

Describing 2008 as a “critical point” for Tibetan freedom struggle, the committee members of the TPUM today emphasised on the need of “more consolidated campaigns” and urged fellow Tibetans and supporters worldwide to show “even greater unity” for Tibet’s cause.

Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement (TPUM) was formally launched on January 4, initially by Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet, National Democratic Party of Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet, India. The group described its formation as a “global movement of Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet taking control of our political destiny by engaging in direct action to end China’s illegal and brutal occupation of our country”.

Tibetan Youth Congress later withdrew from the group to carry out its own set of actions under the campaign banner “Tibetan People’s Mass Movement”.

“We are today at the crossroad of historic moment in the Tibetan People’s struggle for freedom, truth and justice,” B. Tsering, said reading out reading out TPUM’s press statement.

“We will also support Tibetan Youth Congress in their campaigns, if need be,” B. Tsering said, reacting to a media question. “They have our solidarity since what we are doing is for the Tibetan people’s cause,” she added.

“Our unity in action and focus in purpose during the following months will not only define the long and strategic preparations that we have made for the 2008 Beijing Olympics but more importantly to realise the true political aspirations of our brothers and sisters who made great sacrifices,” she noted referring to enduring resistance shown by Tibetans inside Tibet against China’s rule.

She said the “ongoing popular uprisings in Tibet which began on March 10 in Lhasa and the spontaneous spread to all part of Tibet” had effectively demonstrated Tibetan people’s “deep-rooted resentments against the Chinese colonial policies, and also the united face of the Tibetan people as a cohesive force in resisting Chinese communist regime”.

Protests in Tibet against Chinese rule erupted in March, and China was condemned internationally for its ensuing security crackdown that Tibetan exiles said left more than 200 people dead and hundreds more either injured or arrested.

“The uprising in Tibet further endorsed the non-violent fabric of the Tibetan struggle and brought to the forefront the appalling human rights situation inside Tibet at a time when China prepares itself for international spotlight,” Tsering said.

Among other demands TPUM calls on China “To remove all obstacles to the unconditional return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and his rightful place as leader of the Tibetan people, and “Begin dismantling the colonial occupation of Tibet” and release of all political prisoners in Tibet.

“Furthermore, TPUM will launch an all out-struggle on a war-front scale against draconian designs of spearheading a second cultural revolution in Tibet after the Olympics as declared by Zhang Qingli, the communist party Secretary of the Tibetan Autonomous Region,” Tsering said.

According to Gu-Chu-Sum president Ven. Ngawang Woebar, as a result of China’s military crackdown on Tibetan demonstrators after widespread protests since March and violent repressions taking place in Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, a cultural revolution-like tragedy is already taking place inside Tibet.