Tibetans Condemn Deadly Attack by Chinese Troops





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Published on Jan 25, 2012

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Tibetans-in-exile in Dharamsala, India denounce a deadly attack on Tibetans in China. The reaction comes after Chinese troops fire on protesting Tibetans in China's Sichuan province.

On Tuesday Tibetans-in-exile in Dharamsala denounced an attack by Chinese troops on protesting Tibetans, which killed one protester and injured 36 others.

[Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile]:
"What we understand is that one person, by name, Yonten, 49 years old, he has been shot dead and this morning we got news that 36 people have been injured."

The incident occurred earlier this week. Chinese troops fired on thousands of Tibetans protesting in China's Sichuan province.

The Tibetans were protesting about arrests earlier on Monday in connection with the distribution of pamphlets carrying the slogan "Tibet Needs Freedom" and declaring that more Tibetans were ready to stage self-immolations to challenge Chinese rule.

[Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile]:
"What is so depressing and concerning for us is that any time there is peaceful demonstration by the Tibetans in any part of Tibet, whether it is the Tibet autonomous region or the other Tibetan areas, Chinese always respond with force and suppression, resulting in killing and injuring many people."

Chinese security forces have been on edge after 16 incidents of self-immolation by ethnic Tibetans over the last year in response to growing resentment of Beijing's controls on religion.

Despite the latest incident, some say that the Tibetan people will continue to oppose Chinese rule.

[Tsewang Regzin, President of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC)]:
"The Tibetan people want Tibet to be free, the Tibetan people want his holiness, the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and those are the true aspirations of the Tibetan people and also long as those aspiration are not fulfilled, the Tibetan people inside and outside will continue to resist Chinese occupation."

China's Foreign Ministry has branded the self-immolators "terrorists" and said the Dalai Lama, whom it condemns a supporter of violent separatism, should take the blame.

China has ruled what it calls the Tibet Autonomous Region since Communist troops marched in 1950.

An estimated 80,000 Tibetans arrived in India along with the Dalai Lama after an uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959, and over the years their numbers have swelled.


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