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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Cape Town joins Tibet outcry

April 29, 2008

By Blanca Mendez
Independent Online
April 28, 2008


While we celebrate Freedom Day, many in Tibet are living without the
freedoms we enjoy. To show solidarity, Ubuntu-Tibet Freedom Day is being
held today at St George's Cathedral.

The event is organised by South African Friends of Tibet (Saft), a group
formed in 2003 to promote awareness of the crisis in Tibet.

Ian Macfarlane of Saft thinks most South Africans are not very aware of
the situation because it is so remote to them.

"But the experience of the average South African, having struggled with
apartheid, is very much aligned with the experience of Tibetans."

The main goal of the day's events is to raise awareness, but Saft also
wants to stress other goals.

"We'd like to mobilise South Africa to get a clear position articulated
by the government," added Macfarlane.

The day's events will include live musical performances beginning at 2pm
and continuing until 9pm, as well as a photo exhibition.

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a strong supporter of Tibet,
will be lighting the Tibet Freedom Torch at 3pm.


* This article was originally published on page 2 of The Cape Argus on
April 27, 2008
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