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Kalon Tripa Calls for More Concrete Actions from Int’l Community on Tibet

February 10, 2012

DHARAMSHALA: Expressing grave concern over the well-being of
Tibetans in Tibet in view of the Chinese military build-up in
Tibet, Kalon Tripa has called for more substantive support from the
world community to end the Chinese government’s repression in Tibet.

“Hundreds of convoys carrying Chinese military personnel with
automatic machine guns are moving towards Tibet. We fear many
Tibetans might face unfortunate experiences,” Kalon Tripa Dr
Lobsang Sangay told hundreds of Tibetans and supporters gathered at
a solidarity vigil in Dharamsala today.

“We really feel the Chinese government is preparing for something
really tragic. Hence it is critical that the international
community must intervene now to show support for Tibet and Tibetan
people,” Dr Sangay said.

“The Tibetans in Tibet are giving up their lives because the
occupation of Tibet and repressive policies of the Chinese
government is unacceptable,” Kalon Tripa said.

“We really appreciate statements issued by different countries like
the US and European countries. But we would like seek some more
concrete actions to send delegates to Tibet to investigate the
reality and the military build-up in Tibet, deaths and torture of
Tibetans, and the reasons why there is repression, why Tibetans are
self-immolating,” Kalon Tripa added.

He urged the US to pass the Senate resolution to show support to
the Tibetan people.

Kalon Tripa urged the international media, including those working
in China, to make more efforts to go to Tibet and objectively
report why the Tibetans are self-immolating. “If the world media
cannot go to Tibet, we never know what else is happening inside
Tibetan areas, and how many more Tibetans are being killed and
dying,” he added.

Kalon Tripa said the Chinese government’s response towards the
Chinese people’s protest in Wukang in Guangdong province show the
discrimination against the Tibetan people. He said Guangdong
governor fired local communist party officials, gave powers to the
protesting groups and addressed their grievances. “Whereas in
Tibet, several hundred Tibetans gathered in Dragko area, but the
Chinese police indiscriminately shot Tibetans and killed them. So,
the world is watching that there is a blatant discrimination
towards Tibetans because Chinese can protest, their grievances
addressed, whereas Tibetans cannot protest,” Kalon Tripa said.

“If the Chinese government thinks the Tibet issue cannot solved
through violence, force and intimidation, then it’s not going to
happen because the Tibetan spirit is strong. The Tibetan spirit
would remain strong until freedom is restored in Tibet and His
Holiness the Dalai Lama return to Tibet,” Kalon Tripa said.

“As we gathered  in Dharamsala today, we can say with pride that we
are joined by many others around the world from the US, Canada,
France, England, eastern European countries, South Africa, South
America and Asia with hundreds and thousands of Tibetans to show
solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet and to pray for those who
have sacrificed their lives,” Kalon Tripa said.

“We will not let your voices go unheard, we will not let sacrifices
go unattended,” Kalon Tripa told Tibetans living in Tibet.

Thousands of Tibetan and supporters took part in a prayer service
at the Tsuglagkhang, the main temple, to show solidarity with the
Tibetans in Tibet.
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