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Published:October 15th, 2006 07:00 EST

Urgent Action Required:Tibetans Protest Killing of Unarmed Refugees by China

By Anne Laszlo Howard

Tibetans Protest Killing of Unarmed Refugees by China

Tibetans Protest Killing of Unarmed Refugees by China

[Toronto, CANADA]Tibetans and Tibet supporters will be demonstrating outside the Chinese Consulate to protest against the recent fatal shooting of unarmed Tibetans as they tried to escape across the Himalayas from Chinese occupied Tibet into neighboring Nepal. Seven are shot dead, and many children are being held by the Chinese army.

Shocking eyewitness reports have confirmed that Chinese forces opened fire on the group on September 30 2006, killing a 17-year-old nun. Up to seven more Tibetans are feared dead after the soldiers, stationed at the Nangpa Pass between Tibet and Nepal, opened fire on the caravan of more than 70 escaping Tibetans, which included children as young as seven. The news first broke on the popular mountaineering website Foreign mountaineers at the nearby Cho Oyu advance base camp witnessed the incident and described how the soldiers took careful aim and fired repeatedly on the defenseless Tibetans, even as they attempted to escape.

Forty-three people from the group have successfully crossed into Nepal and have now reached the United Nations sponsored Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre in Katmandu. The fate of the other Tibetans, including at least 14 children, remains unknown. There is concern that many of them may have been injured during the shooting and apprehended by the security forces.

Tibetans and Tibet supporters are organizing similar protests in New York, Paris, Zurich, London, San Francisco, Toronto, New Delhi and Dharamsala, the exile home of the Dalai Lama in India.

WHEN: Monday, October 16, 2006 (5:00 – 7:00 pm)

WHERE: Chinese Consulate (240 St. George St. Toronto)

WHO: Tibetans and their supporters

WHAT: Demonstration at Chinese Consulate

Jointly organized by Tibetan Women Association – Ontario, Tibetan Youth Congress – Toronto, Students for a Free Tibet – Toronto, Canada Tibet Committee - Toronto.

For further information about what you can do in your community, please contact Anne Howard, writer and activist at 310-295-9578, and she will direct you to the right people.