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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Indian Authorities block Return March to Tibet; 19 Tibetan Marchers detained

May 26, 2008

Marchers Vow to Continue in Solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet
Tibetan People's Uprising Movement  (TPUM)
May 24, 2008

Nainital - Nineteen Tibetans on the March to Tibet have been arrested
and taken to the Berinag police station in Pithoragarh District,
Uttarakhand State, adjoining the Tibet border. The remaining marchers
have declared that they are determined to continue their march to Tibet.

"We are marching in solidarity and support for our Tibetan brothers
and sisters inside Tibet who are living under a state of siege by
Chinese authorities" said Tsewang Rigzin, President of Tibetan Youth
Congress. "We must continue to remind the world that Tibetans
continue to face killings, beatings, arbitrary detentions and
disappearances, an ppressive military presence, and a terrible limate
of fear under Chinese occupation."

March coordinator Lobsang Yeshi and 18 others have been detained.

"We appeal for the immediate release of all those detained and expect
that the matter will be resolved quickly, and that the March will
resume soon," said B. Tsering, President of Tibetan Women's Association.

The marchers noted that even in the wake of the tragic earthquake
that devastated many Tibetans and Chinese, Beijing is intent on going
ahead with plans to parade the Olympic torch through Tibet. China
taking the torch through Tibet is a serious provocation that will
likely result in more bloodshed and suffering of the Tibetan people.
Tibetans and supporters worldwide have been calling on the
International Olympic Committee to withdraw authorization for the
Tibet leg of the torch relay at its upcoming meeting in Athens, June 4-6.

The March to Tibet started on March 10th from Dharamshala, Himachal
Pradesh, and reached Seraghat after traversing many states over the
course of 76 days. Tibetans living in exile in India launched the
March to Tibet as part of the Tibetan People's Uprising Movement. On
the same day the march was launched, monks of monasteries in Lhasa,
as well as in eastern Tibet, led peaceful protest, shouting slogans
calling for return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and independence for
Tibet. Chinese authorites brutally suppressed the wave of large
peaceful public demonstrations that have rippled across the country
which resulted in killings and detentions of thousands of Tibetans by
the Chinese Police.

The March to Tibet and the Tibetan People's Uprising Movement aim to
revive the spirit of the Tibetan National Uprising of 1959, and
engage in nonviolent direct action to bring about an end to China's
illegal occupation of Tibet.

Contact: Tsewang Rigzin: +91 9805 247 259
B. Tsering: +91 9418 792 810
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