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Locals protest China's role in Tibet

March 24, 2008

Alan Morrell
AMORRELL@DemocratandChronicle.com
March 23, 2008

Calling for an end to Kodak's sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics, about
two dozen people marched Saturday from the Liberty Pole downtown to the
photo giant's headquarters on State Street.

Participants specifically were protesting China's occupation and
repression of Tibet, said organizer Frank Howard of Brighton.

"Tibet has widespread emotional support, but it's been off the front
pages, essentially, since 9/11," said Howard, a lawyer who is involved
in local Buddhist activities.

"Today is in response to the brutal oppression going on there."

News accounts of the situation actually have increased recently, as
politicians including John McCain and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
have condemned China's crackdown on protestors in Tibet.

Pelosi visited the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

Kodak has responded to the local effort but made no promises, Howard said.

Protestors in Rochester carried a "prayer flag" and a homemade Olympic
flag with broken rings to denote their opposition to the Beijing
Olympics, which will be held in August.

Karen Beck of Rochester was among the local protestors. She said she had
not participated in a protest since the beginning of the Persian Gulf War.

"I'm coming out in support of non-violence in response to oppression,"
she said.

"I don't believe the Olympic torch should pass through Tibet. They
shouldn't be forced to participate."
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