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Tibet students in Tibet Protest China's Policy on Tibetan Language

October 25, 2010

Tibetan students in Tibet's Amdo Province have
made strong calls to maintain Tibetan language as
the medium of instruction in their schools
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 20, 2010

Dharamshala -- Thousands of students in Rebgong
in eastern Tibet carried out a peaceful
procession on Tuesday morning (19 October),
protesting to the Chinese government policy to
replace Tibetan with Chinese language as the
medium of instruction, sources told TibetNet.

The participants in the demonstration are
students from six different schools in Rebgong.

The students, carrying placards, demanded
"Equality and Freedom for Tibetans to use Tibetan language".

The monks of Rebgong Rongpo Monastery and many
people from the village also joined the procession.

Around 20 to 30 Police vehicles arrived at the
spot, but there was no report of any arrests.

The protest began at around 8:00 am (local time) and last until 2:30 p.m.

"The Chinese are enforcing reforms which remind
me of the Cultural Revolution," The BBC reported
quoting a London-based rights group as saying.

"This reform is not only a threat to our mother
tongue, but is in direct violation of the Chinese
constitution, which is meant to protect our rights.

"The use of Tibetan is being systematically wiped
out as part of China's strategy to cement its
occupation of Tibet," the group said.
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