TIBETAN FREEDOM TORCH in Vancouver on Saturday, May 10 – 12:00 noon to 4:30pm [details]
The Tibetan Freedom Torch was lit in Olympia, Greece on 10th of March, 2008, commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising Day. The Tibetan Freedom Torch represents the hopes and aspirations of the Tibetan people for freedom and justice. It will be carried to more than 20 countries worldwide, reaching Tibet on the eve of the Beijing Games. The Freedom Torch also highlights Tibetan opposition to the Chinese government’s politically motivated plan to carry the Olympic Torch through Tibet and to the top of Mount Everest. The Tibetan Freedom Torch will begin its Canadian leg in Victoriaon Friday May 9, and will arrive in Vancouveron Saturday May 10.
VANCOUVER Schedule of Events on May 10:
12:00 noon to 1:15pm: Rally at the Chinese Consulate, 3380 Granville Street. Gather with Tibetans and supporters to light the “Freedom Torch” in front of the Chinese Consulate, while demanding that the Chinese Government meet the following demands:
– Halt the Olympic Torch Relay route through Tibet
– Cease the current crackdown and “re-education” campaign taking place in Tibet and release all political prisoners
– Allow UN observers and International Media unfettered access to all Tibetan regions
– Engage in sincere dialogue and negotiations with the Dalai Lama.
12:30pm to 2:30pm – Freedom Torch Relay – Tibetan relay runners and their supporters will carry the torch in a circuit North across Granville Bridge, loop South across Burrard Bridge, and then return to the Chinese Consulate to the Rally. They will be greeted at the Consulate by the supporters at the Rally and then will loop around False Creek completing the run at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side).
2:00pm to 4:30pm: TIBETAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL, Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side). After the Rally at the Consulate supporters will go to the Vancouver Art Gallery by public transit or personal vehicle. Performers include:
· Pepe Danza
· The Tibetan Children’s Choir of British Columbia
· Hayfa Makes Music
· music of the Uyghur people (East Turkistan)
Please join this celebration of culture, determination, and the spirit of survival in the face of adversity.
Contact: Mati Bernabei, 778-999-4578, tibet [at] rogers [dot] blackberry [dot] net
Organized by: Canada Tibet Committee and Students for a Free Tibet
Other Canadian cities on the Freedom Torch route include Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
For more information on the Tibetan Freedom Torch: www.tibetanfreedomtorch.org
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS WITH A CHINA HUMAN RIGHTS FOCUS
May 25 – Freedom Torch Relay
12:00 noon at the Vancouver Art Gallery
For information (check closer to the date for the specifics of the Vancouver and Burnaby events): http://www.humanrightstorch.org/news/
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