Statement on current situation in Tibet

Friday, 14 March 2008

Free Tibet Campaign strongly condemns the use of force by the Chinese authorities in their attempts to put down protests by Tibetans in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet. Independent eyewitness accounts have verified the use of force to suppress peaceful demonstration led by Tibetan monks.

The Dalai Lama has made a statement calling on the Chinese leadership "to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people".

The protests result from the resentment felt deeply by the Tibetan people at decades of state repression of Tibetan Buddhism and the systematic policy of encouraging ever-increasing numbers of Han Chinese to migrate on to the Tibetan Plateau which has marginalised Tibetans in their own homeland.

Free Tibet Campaign welcomes calls for restraint made on the Chinese government by the British, American and other national governments and the EU and calls on other governments to make similar calls on the Chinese leadership.

Free Tibet Campaign calls on the Chinese government to release all Tibetans detained as a result of the protests and to provide journalists with unrestricted access to all areas within Tibet.

Anne Holmes of Free Tibet Campaign said: "The courage of the protesters throughout Tibet is an inspiration. They are risking imprisonment and torture to voice their longing for self determination. The world must listen and demand that China negotiate a peaceful solution."

Matt Whitticase
Press Officer, Free Tibet Campaign

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