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The Daily Yomiuri
April 2, 2008
WASHINGTON–About 500 Tibetans gathered in front of the White House on Monday to protest the decision of U.S. President George W. Bush to attend the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics.
It was the first such gathering of Tibetans in Washington since the riots in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, on March 14, and the subsequent violent crackdown by the Chinese government.
In addition to Tibetans living on the East Coast and in the southern parts of the United States, those at the meeting included Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, a U.S. lawmaker known as a human rights advocate, and several other members of Congress.
Kucinich called on Bush to reconsider his decision to attend the ceremony, saying Bush should wake up and protest against China, and that instead of going to Beijing, he would be better off going to Lhasa.
The protesters, demanding peace for Tibet, then marched to the Chinese Embassy, several kilometers northwest of the White House.
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