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german-tibet-2012Frankfurt : - Around 100 German Tibet supporters and Chinese writer, including guests took part in a panel discussion on the issues related Tibet was held in Frankfurt City on May 4, 2013.

The discussion was organised by Berlin based 'Tibet Initiative Deutschland' (TID), during its Annual meeting.

'On Saturday, May 4th 2013, TID held its annual meeting in Frankfurt am Main, German state of Hesse with almost 100 members and guests in attendance,' said the organisers.

According to the German support group, 'the event was an ideal platform for networking and discussion. The board presented an overview of the organization's work over the past year and laid out the goals and tasks for the coming year.'

"A special focus was given on the mobilization of young people and on the organization's newly founded youth network," said Anna Momburg-Vanderpool, TID Campaign Coordinator.

"Guest of honor was Chinese writer and dissident Liao Yiwu who is an outspoken supporter and friend of Tibet," she added.

In his opening remarks, Liao focused on the current situation in Tibet, asking Tibetans to remain true to themselves and to remember the value of Tibetan life.

The Chinese writer also urged the Chinese government to take on responsibility for the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet.

After his speech, Liao Yiwu readily took questions and engaged in a lively discussion with the audience. The day ended with an informal get-together and Tibetan food, the said the organisers said in its short statement.

TID is the largest and oldest political Tibet Support Group in Germany. It was created in response to the heavy unrest in Tibet in April 1989 that was forcibly put down. TID is a non-partisan, non-religious, and non-profit organisation.

Since its creation, TID has been fighting for the Tibetan people's right to self-determination and the protection of their human rights.

TID works to influence the People's Republic of China through nonviolent means to put an end to arbitrary arrests, torture, and political and cultural oppression in Tibet.

The central office in Berlin coordinates actions which are carried out by 60 regional groups and points of contact as well as many devoted members throughout Germany.

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