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29october200911On 27 October, Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA), Italy's leading news wire service, reported that Rome's mayor, Gianni Alemanno, had appealed to the Italian Government "for a strong condemnation of Chinese authorities' practice of the death penalty."

Mayor Alemanno emphasized that, "This appeal represents the widespread sentiment of Italians, who are always very sensitive on the issue of respect of human rights and civil liberty."

He continued, "We have learned with profound regret the news from the Representative of Dalai Lama about the execution of four very young Tibetans, sentenced last April for their participation in the mass protest of 2008 in the city of Lhasa."

The mayor concluded by requesting that, "Within the constant and constructive dialogue that our government engages in with Beijing, the Italian expectation for a just and specific solution to the Tibetan issue be underscored within the frame work of territorial integrity and sovereignty of China."

In addition to this official outcry, Tibetans and supporters around the world are rallying to protest what they consider the unjust and inhumane executions of Lobsang Gyaltsen, Loyak, Penkyi and a fourth unidentified Tibetan by the Chinese government on 20 October.

At a protest in New York City on 24 October, four coffins covered in the Tibetan flag were marched through the streets while demonstrators shouted for an end to Chinese repression in Tibet. Demonstrations and candlelight vigils were also conducted in San Francisco, London and Kathmandu, among other cities.

Paul Bourke from Australia Tibet Council stated that: "These brutal executions are more about China reinforcing political control in Tibet than about justice. The executions are meant to send a strong warning to Tibetans - any public display of dissatisfaction with China's rule in Tibet will be dealt with in the harshest possible manner. Given this distressing news, it is all the more imperative that Prime Minister Rudd meet with the Dalai Lama in December to discuss constructive action the Australian government can take to help bring about a fair and just resolution for the Tibetan people."

Tibetans RYTC New York and New Jersey appealed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to investigate the human rights situation in Tibet, and also urged US President Barack Obama to raise the issue in his meeting with Beijing officials next month.

In Dharamsala, India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama led a prayer session for the four young Tibetans on the morning of 26 October.

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