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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Tibetans hold Peace March in Delhi

April 20, 2008

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Dharamshala: Under the umbrella of the Delhi Chapter of Tibetan
Solidarity Committee, a core group of 50 runners - including both
Tibetans and Indians with Gandhi's message of non-violence and blessings
in their hearts - began a peace march in New Delhi today.

According to organisers: "The Torch for Tibet is the symbol of the
enduring nature of our non-violent struggle for fundamental freedoms and
persistence to seek a lasting solution to the issue of Tibet through

At 11:00 am this morning, the freedom torch - a lamp - was lit at
Rajghat, the memorial ground of Mahatma Gandhi, after an inter-religious
prayer meeting.

The lamp was then carried on by eminent sports personalities, including
Nafisa Ali, former national swimmer and social activist before passing
it over to other runners. The rally will end at Jantar Mantar.

On 10 April, the Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration has
strongly appealed to all quarters of the Tibetan Diaspora to desist from
any kind of violent methods and respect the law of host country during
the passing of Olympic Torch relay through India.

Meanwhile at the seat of the Central Tibetan Administration in
Dharamshala, the regional Tibetan Solidarity Committee has appealed to
all the peace-loving international community for their timely support to
resolve the issue of Tibet.

Speaking at a press conference this morning at the main temple here,
committee's president Ven Geshe Thubten Phegye said His Holiness the
Dalai Lama has been steadfast for seeking meaningful autonomy for Tibet
within the frame-work of constitution of the People's Republic of China.

He said the Indian government has the responsibility to maintain
security for the smooth passage of Olympic relay in India and Tibetans
should honour the laws of the host country.

The committee has called for an early resumption of dialogue between His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese leadership, and an immediate end
of repression and release of Tibetan detainees. Demand was also made for
medical assistance to injured Tibetans and opening up of Tibet to the
international media and access to daily necessities like food and water.

A photo exhibition was also on display, showing Chinese forceful
crackdown on the peaceful Tibetan protesters in Tibet.
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