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Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony - Raise a flag for Tibet, lay a wreath for oppressed nations

August 8, 2008

Tibet Society UK, Free Tibet Campaign,
Tibetan Community of Britain, Tibetan Youth UK,
Students for a Free Tibet,  Burma Democratic Concern,
Zimbabwe Vigil, Sudan Organisation Against Torture
London UK, Tuesday 5 August, 2008

Friday, 8 August

Raise a Flag for Tibet at Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony

Location: Opposite Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL
Time: 12.30am-1.30pm, flag raising @ 1.08pm

To mark the start of the Beijing Olympic Games, the Tibetan flag will
be formally raised outside the Chinese Embassy in London at 1.08pm,
to coincide with the Opening Ceremony, accompanied by the Tibetan
National anthem. Supporters will be dressed in black as a sign of
respect for those who have lost their lives whilst struggling for the
freedom of their countries. The 216 Tibetans killed as a result of
demonstrating inside Tibet this year will be represented using
silhouettes and gags.

Tibetans and Tibet supporters will be joined by Burma Democratic
Concern, Zimbabwe Vigil, Sudan Organisation Against Torture who have
all been affected by the Chinese government's foreign policy and arms
trade. Reporters Without Borders will also be present.

This event will have a powerful visual impact and will be a strong
reminder that Tibetans inside Tibet continue to suffer deprivation,
detention and severe restrictions of civil and human rights. Since
March this year, 216 people have been killed as a result of taking
part in demonstrations and thousands remain in detention. UK Tibet
support groups are gravely  concerned about the humanitarian
suffering of the Tibetan people and increased "re-education"
campaigns in monasteries. There is no media access, no independent
appraisal of the situation and little or no news able to reach the
outside world.

There will be Tibetans available for interview at the action.

NB. Light a Candle for Tibet: There will also be a candle lit vigil
on Thursday 7 August in memory of those who lost their lives as a
result of demonstrating in Tibet earlier this year. Location:
Opposite Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL
Time: 6.30pm-8pm

For background / further information contact:
Philippa Carrick, Chief Executive Tibet Society:  020 7272 1414 /
07941 105 485 email:
Anne Holmes, Free Tibet Campaign: 020 7324 4605 / 07515 788 456
Dalha Tsering, Tibetan Community in Britain: 07599 332 974 email:
Terry Bettger, Students for a Free Tibet: 07919 661609  email:
Karma Chura Tsang, Tibetan Youth UK: 07725 501 995  email:
Myo Thein, Burma Democratic Concern: 07877 882 386  email:
Rose Benton, Zimbabwe Vigil: 07970 996 003
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