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Tibetan, supporter protest Chinese exhibit of looted treasures

August 20, 2010

Tibetan Review.
August 17, 2010

Accusing China of using artifacts looted from
Tibet as political propaganda tool, dozens of
Tibetans and their supporters staged a protest
Aug 15 outside Taipei's National Palace Museum,
reported the AFP and the DPA Aug 15. The Museum
has been hosting an exhibition, promoted by
China, of more than 130 cultural relics from
monasteries and museums in Tibet since Jul 1.

The exhibition, called 'Tibet: Treasures from the
Roof of the World,' has traveled to many
countries, including Germany, the USA and Japan, and provoked similar protests.

AFP said the protest, led by the regional Tibetan
Youth Congress, accused China of covering up
their brutal invasion of Tibet which had led to
more than 1.2 million Tibetans being killed and
the massive ongoing human rights violations there.

Likewise, the DPA news service Aug 15 said the
demonstrators accused the museum of endorsing
China's territorial claim over Tibet because the
exhibition did not mention the military takeover of the region in the 1950s.

The two reports said the protestors demanded that
the museum display the Dalai Lama's portrait and
mention China's "invasion" of Tibet but that this was rejected.

About 400 Tibetans live in Taiwan, whose
democratization in the 1990s led to improved
relations with the exile Tibetan government,
including with the opening of a Dalai Lama foundation office in Taipei in 1998.
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