On 6 July, Chinese police opened fire on Tibetans in Tawu, Kham in eastern Tibet (Ch: Daofu, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province), who had gathered to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday. Two monks were shot in the head and several others critically injured. According to the latest report, armed police detained 14 people and released them the next day. However their condition and whereabouts remain unknown.
The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet and a global icon of peace and compassion. While tens of thousands of Tibetans and supporters around the world marked last Saturday with festivities, those living in Tibet were denied the simple joy of celebrating their beloved leader’s birthday by offering prayers and incense.
The Chinese police violence against Tibetans for simply celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday warrants condemnation from the international community.
Join us in urging Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr to make a strong public statement of concern and call on the Chinese government to prosecute those responsible for the shooting of unarmed Tibetans.
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