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Dalai Lama calls for Olympic protests

January 21, 2008

Published: Friday, 18 January 2008, 8:02PM

The Dalai Lama has urged his supporters to demonstrate throughout the
Beijing Olympics.

Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Tibet's spiritual leader has called
for peaceful protests during the games.

Such a move could lead to China's human rights record overshadowing the
sporting event which is to be held later this year.

He wants to highlight the plight of the Tibetan people who he claims are
still victims of aggressive Chinese rule.

China insists that it had a historical right to govern what it claimed
was an inalienable part of Chinese Territory.

Many Tibetans feel that the decision to award the games to China is at
odds with the goal of the Olympic movement, which is to build a peaceful
and better world and promote international understanding by educating
the youth of the world through sport and culture.

Campaigners fear Beijing will use the Olympics to inaccurately present
China as a free and open society to the outside world.

ITV News correspondent John Ray has travelled to Tibet and India to meet
the Dalai Lama and the monks who risk everything to support their leader.

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