Dehradun, January 6
The Tibetan community living in India will observe 2013 as “Year of Solidarity with Tibet” to mark the support for its struggle against Chinese occupation of their homeland.

Addressing a press conference in Dehradun, chairman of the Representative Committee of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Dawa Tsering today said they were seeking support for the cause of Tibet at international forum by observing 2013 as “Year of Solidarity with Tibet”. He said Tibetans look towards India to further their cause.
Tsering said China’s frequent incursions into Indian territory cannot be taken lightly. He said several rivers of India, like Brahmaputra, originate in Tibet and Chinese occupation of Tibet is destroying the environment which could be detrimental to the existence of these rivers.
Ven Kasamg Damdul, MP of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, said they were getting support from Japan, Taiwan and other countries. He said Chinese were unleashing worst sort of oppression in Tibet, forcing the Tibetans to attempt self-immolations. He said since 2009, 95 Tibetans have immolated themselves with 80 attaining martyrdom and the rest getting arrested by the Chinese authorities.
Damdul said Tibetans will stage a peace march tomorrow in Dehradun to seek support from Indians in opposition to the Chinese occupation of Tibet. “A religious meeting will be held in Dehradun on Tuesday for peace of all those who have attempted self-immolations for the cause of Tibet independence,” he said.
Ven Mogru Tempa and Gang Lhamo, MPs of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, were also present on the occasion.

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