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Tibetans protest against Hu in Italy

July 13, 2009

TCI - Friday, July 10, 2009
By Tenzin Sangpo

Florence, Italy - Tibetans in Italy staged several protests against visiting
Chinese president Hu Jintao during his short stopover in the country. A
group of Tibetans led by Dr Thupten Tenzin, president of the Italian Tibetan
community, unfurled a banner that read, "Hu Jintao Killer, Free Tibet" right
in front of the Chinese president's motorcade before being stopped by the
police. The Chinese president was being hosted a dinner reception by Italian
Cultural Minister Sandro Bondi at Provincial seat of Florence City.

A group of Tibetan monks and laypeople assembled outside the entrance of the
provincial seat of Florence. Claudio Cardelli, the president of Italy Tibet
Association, was also present. The Tibetans were taken to the police station
and a case of unauthorized public demonstration was filed against them.

Another group of Tibetans and Italian supporters staged a protest at AUCSANO
leather factory during the Chinese president's visit to Santa Croce
sull'Arno.

The protesters were arrested and taken to the nearest police station but
were released soon after. Following the protests Hu Jintao's visit to the
famous galleria Uffizzi of Florence was cancelled for fear of more protests
by Tibetans.

According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica the mayor of the city of
Florence cancelled his meeting with Hu Jintao in protest against the
killings of more than 156 people in Eastern Turkistan.

Two council members of PDL party of the municipality of Florence attached a
banner on the walls of the municipality reading, "Free Tibet, Remember
Tiananmen".
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