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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."

Tibetans respond to the hope of peace

July 15, 2008

Mission Network News
14 July, 2008

Tibet (MNN) ? There is an illusion of calm over Tibet. Anger over
China's ruthless crackdown in March still seethes.

China has convicted 42 people for their role in the March riots while
another 116 await trial. Police detained 953 people, and recently the
Chinese courts jailed 12 more rioters for their roles in the unrest.

Olympic security has been the cover story for the crackdown on internal
dissent, particularly in Xinjiang and in Tibet. Riots on March 14
sparked anti-Chinese protests around the world. Chinese officials say
the riots were politically inspired, but they did not address the
underlying ethnic and economic grievances.

The trouble began on March 10 with peaceful protests in Lhasa to mark
the anniversary of a 1959 uprising against China's rule of Tibet. That
quickly escalated into widespread violence across the city four days
later, which helped to rekindle pro-independence sentiment.

As the Olympic Games in Beijing near, the spotlight brings awareness of
the plight of Tibet under Chinese occupation. China's suppression of the
Tibetan culture has caused many to fear its loss.

Tibetans not only are looking for ways to keep it alive, many are also
looking for hope. Words of Hope's Lee DeYoung says, "The broadcast that
Words of Hope is involved in every night continues to broadcast hope and
the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Tibetan people. The
Chinese, in the past, have banned Tibetan people from listening to
foreign stations, but we do know, from a number of testimonies, that
people do listen quietly in private."

The broadcasts themselves are not political, but they do feature many
things that keep the Tibetan listeners encouraged.

Called the "Yeshu" program, the team is praying for fruit. "There are
over 20,000 responses that have come in the last year to these
broadcasts. We know that many Tibetan people, most of whom still are
Tibetan Buddhists, are interested in listening to these programs which
highlight, in a positive way, their culture and bring them hope."
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