China discriminating against quake-hit Tibetans

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Dharamsala, May 20: Exiled Tibetans in India have accused China of discriminating against earthquake-affected people in Tibetan areas. Addressing a news conference here, Thubten Phalgey, the head of the solidarity committee and a member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, said the Chinese Government is neglecting the Tibetan areas.

"We have reason to believe that the Government of China is carrying out relief and rescue efforts in the Chinese affected areas on a warfooting, and where the Chinese people are mostly concentrated. The Tibetan areas and the Tibetan people are being neglected," said Phalgey. He also said the committee was aware of the gravity of the situation, and had therefore instructed Tibetans living-in-exile across the world not to stage demonstrations anywhere.

"We are holding the prayer meeting here. We have instructed all Tibetan settlements and Tibetan areas to do the same. We have also at the same time instructed Tibetans all over the world not to carry out any protest demonstrations in front of the Chinese embassies till the end of this month in deference to the devastation caused by the earthquake," added Phalgey.

The solidarity committee has urged the Chinese Government to deliver timely rescue and relief to all affected areas without any distinction and discrimination of people and place.

Similar prayers are being held simultaneously in India, Nepal and Bhutan and in many other parts of the globe.

China witnessed a jolt of 7.9-magnitude earthquake on May 12, the largest to hit the country since 1976, that killed nearly 34,000 people, mostly in the mountainous areas north and west of Chengdu.

ANI

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