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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Tibet Activists Hold Three-day Protest Outside Toronto Chinese Consulate

June 24, 2008

By Matthew Little
Epoch Times, Toronto Staff
June 22, 2008

TORONTO -- While the Olympic torch was run through Lhasa on Saturday,
half a world a way supporters of human rights in Tibet lined the
street four-people deep in front of the Chinese consulate in Toronto
from Friday to Sunday.

Some of the Tibet supporters were Chinese democracy activists, some
were Falun Gong practitioners, others were just people that wanted to
see human dignity respected in the mountainous Tibetan region.

In the crowd was former Tibetan Buddhist monk Kunga Chodak, who fled
China in 1997 because he could no longer bear to have his prayers
censored or see his fellow monks disappear.

"We don't know where they are," he said. "If they are dead or alive
-- we don't know."

In some places, like Kaza Kam monastery, in East Tibet, Chodak says a
temple that once had over 300 monks now has only 30.

"We don't know how many people died," he said.

This year two of his cousins in Tibet were killed but the Chinese
military refuses to release their bodies and allow the family to give
their lost ones a proper burial, he said.

Although Chinese authorities say that Tibetan Buddhists can practice
freely in the region, Chodak says prayers are tightly controlled and
any acknowledgement of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is prohibited.

"If I pray 'long live the Dalai Lama' they put me in jail."

Some at the rally described how the communist regime locked Lhasa
down and conducted a tightly scripted Olympic torch run through the city.

"They had a tonne of security," said Tsering Lama, National Director,
Students for a Free Tibet Canada. "They just closed off the area."

Other speakers described how the spectators of the torch run in Lhasa
were hand picked by Chinese authorities. People not picked were
warned to stay away.

"The slogan of the Beijing Olympic Games is 'one world, one dream,"
said exiled democracy activist Sheng Xue. "But so many people in this
world do not enjoy the dream. For them it is an endless nightmare."

Xue went on to speak of Tibetans being jailed for having pictures of
the Dalai Lama, Tibetan nuns being tortured and raped in prison,
refugees fleeing Tibet and nearly freezing to death crossing the
Himalayas, child workers from Lianshan toiling 18 hours a day and
girls being forced into prostitution and other victims of China's
communist regime.

Xue urged people to stay away from the Games and not participate in
what she described as a "bloody banquet." Although she sympathized
with athletes who were eager for their once in a lifetime opportunity
to compete, she insisted such a choice should be tempered by a deeper
respect for human rights.

"Human rights always, above all."
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