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"Free Tibet" tag on woolen clothes for sale in Lucknow

November 28, 2008

November 27, 2008

Lucknow, Nov 27 (ANI) -- Tibetan exiles living in Lucknow sell woolen
clothes with a "Free Tibet" tag as part of non-violent struggle for
freedom of their homeland.

The exiles said that it was yet another peaceful effort to draw
attention to the Tibetan cause.

Hundreds of Tibetans, who have been selling woolens in the city for
the last 40 years said during winters a large number of locals come
to buy the woolen clothes from them and it is the best way to tell
the world about their struggle for Tibet''s freedom.

"We want to send this message to the people that our homeland, Tibet
is under Chinese control and they should help us in our efforts to
free Tibet. That is why, we have these ""Free Tibet", "Save Tibet"
and "Save Tibet For World Peace" tags on these woolen clothes," said
D.H. Dalawah, president, Tibetan Association, Lucknow.

The shopkeepers attending to customers make it a point to show the
"Free Tibet" tag and take out time from their busy schedule to
explain the "Tibetan Freedom Struggle" to the customers.

The People of Tibet across the globe are seeking greater autonomy or
independence from China and have been devising various means to bring
to light their cause ever since March 10, the Tibetan uprising day.

"We want to spread awareness among people about the Tibetan freedom
struggle. We want freedom and we want the Chinese suppression to end.
We want people to know that we are from Tibet originally and we are
living here as refugees," said Dava, a shopkeeper.

Over the weekend, Tibetan exiles who huddled in Dharamsala to mull
over the future course of their freedom struggle, decided to stick to
the Dalai Lama''s "Middle Way" approach to China, abandoning the
dream of an independent Tibet in favor of seeking greater autonomy
within China through dialogue. (ANI)
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