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Hundreds of Tibetans and their Supporters Participate in the G20 Protest

June 29, 2010

The Tibet Post International
June 28, 2010

Dharamshala -- Toting banners bearing images of
atrocities allegedly committed by Chinese troops
against Tibetans and bellowing "Stop the
torture", "Stop the Genocide in Tibet" and "Free
Tibet" through megaphones, around 500 protesters
took to the streets of Toronto Saturday to
denounce the Chinese occupation that has left
more than 1.2 million people dead.

According to Canadian news reports, the G20
protests turned violent, but Parkdale's Tibetan
community was downtown earlier Saturday to
peacefully voice their opposition to the Chinese
president who are attending the G20 summit.

Waving Tibetan flags and holding signs that read
the slogans of different professions including
"Stop Genocide in Tibet" and "Free Tibet", more
than 500 Tibetans and their supporters joined the
protest march this afternoon yelling "Shame on China, the world is watching."

Thupten Wangyal, past president of the Canadian
Tibetan Association of Ontario, told reporters
the Tibetan group of protesters strategically
placed their group at the end of the parade of
protestors, largely labour groups, who made their
way from Queen's Park, at University Avenue and
College Street, to the intersection of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue.

"We are purposefully at the back because we want
to be peaceful always. We want to send a strong
message that we are peaceful," said Wangyal. "At
the same time we want to get the message to the
Chinese leaders and the G20 people."

The Canadian Tibetan Association is asking Prime
Minister Stephen Harper to raise a number of
issues related to Tibet with the President of
China, Hu Jintao, who is attending the G20 talks in Toronto.

"Our main concern is that the Chinese oppression
is still going on inside Tibet, and China should
respect international law. China must stop
torturing Tibetans and the Tibetan people must
enjoy religious freedom, freedom of speech, and
that is the message," Wangyal said.

He also points out the Tibetan people and their
supporters are also concerned about the
environment, the exploitation of Tibet's natural
resources and the protection of human rights in Tibet.

Wangyal, who lives in south Parkdale, said he
wasn't sure what additional activities the
Tibetan protesters and their supporters have
planned for the weekend, but he did know they
would continue to try to have their voice heard in a peaceful manner.

Most people at Saturday's mass protest, which
snaked from Queen's Park south through the rain
to Queen Street and then west, did not want
violence. Ethiopian-Canadians denounced the
presence in Toronto of their homeland's Prime
Minister Meles Zenawi, whom they say "has muzzled
civic society." Vietnamese-Canadians protested
that country's Prime Minister Dung Tan Nguyen,
whom they called "corrupt." Tibetans protested
for freedom in their ancestral home.
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