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Monks in Tibet Go on Hunger Strike as Protests Spread

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Tibetan monks have gone on hunger strike to demand the release of protesters detained during the region's biggest demonstrations in almost 20 years, support groups said today.

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Vanessa H. (66)
Thursday March 13, 2008, 1:14 pm
March 10th, 2008 marked the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising against the Chinese occupation in Lhasa. Not surprisingly, many Tibetans have decided to demonstrate on this occasion, against the arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, torture, lack of freedom of expression and religion, discrimination, exploitation, and killing that continue in Tibet to this day. And also not surprisingly, Chinese authorities have responded by beating, shooting, arresting, and torturing the protestors.

There are three things you can do to support the protestors and advocate for their safety:

1) Lodge a complaint with the Chinese authorities in Lhasa for their treatment of Tibetans:

2) Contact the Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and ask him to publicly call upon the Chinese Government to immediately provide information on the welfare and whereabouts of the detained Buddhist monks:

3) Please call the Chinese authorities in Lhasa to show them the whole world is monitoring their actions closely:

Please call after 9am in Chinese time. To see the current time in China, click here:

Secretary of the Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR): +86 891 632 5889
TAR People's Government: +86 891 633 2067
People's Armed Police (Riot Troop Division): +86 891 633 0443
TAR People's Congress: +86 891 683 2423

If the person on the phone doesn't speak English, please read out loud the below lines in Chinese.
English: The Chinese government must not arrest the Tibetans
Chinese: "jang-fu bu-shue daibu zang-tsu" (Pinyin: zhengfu buxu daibu zangzu)

English: We are watching you
Chinese: "wamen guanju nimen" (Pinyin: women guanzhu nimen)

Jaclin S. (230)
Thursday March 13, 2008, 2:17 pm
Noted/Forwarding all actioned. Thanx Vanessa. Be Well.

Kathy Chadwell (362)
Thursday March 13, 2008, 4:03 pm
Noted with thanks

Pamela Salomon (255)
Thursday March 13, 2008, 4:55 pm
noted, this is so very sad. It makes me sick

Ariel SunDolphin (276)
Thursday March 13, 2008, 5:26 pm
Free Tibet! Keep Your Hans of the Holy Monks!

Ariel SunDolphin (276)
Thursday March 13, 2008, 5:27 pm
Do not hurt the Holy Monks! The whole world will protest if you do not Free Tibet & treat the Monks right!

Elle J. (276)
Wednesday March 19, 2008, 1:50 pm
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