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Tibetans and Supporters In Boston Demand Global Intervention Now To Save Tibetan Lives

November 4, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Dhondup Phunkhang      Cell Phone:  617-642-5510
Email: dpphunkhang@hotmail.com
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
02 November 2011
 
GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR TIBET
Tibetans and Supporters In Boston Demand Global Intervention Now To Save Tibetan Lives
 
Boston – Flash Mob Die-Ins at Faneuil Hall (2 pm), Summer Street near Park St Station (4 pm) and at the Harvard Square “Pit” (6pm – 8pm) as part of the Boston Tibet Vigil, which has been taking place on a weekly basis since March 14, 2008. Tibetans and supporters are demanding global intervention in the aftermath of the 11 self-immolations since March 2011.  These 11 Tibetans, including 5 who have died, are between the ages of 17 and 38.  They were calling for freedom in Tibet.  These acts of self-immolation are a protest against China’s policies in Tibet and an outcry of help from the international community.  On November 2, 2011, Tibetans and supporters all over the world will stand up for Tibet and demand global intervention against the human rights atrocities being committed by the Chinese Communist Party.
 
Date: 02 November 2011
Time: 2 pm – 8 pm
Place: 2 pm Action at Faneuil Hall
           4 pm Action on Summer Street (Park St Station)
            6 – 8 pm Die-In / Vigil in Harvard Square.  Guest Speakers include ex-political prisoners Ngawang Sangdrol, Tsering and Yeshi Dhonden.
 
The latest self-immolation took place on October 25, 2011.  Dawa Tsering self-immolated during a ritual dance at Kardze monastery in eastern Tibet. While engulfed in flames, he shouted for the return of the Dalai Lama, as well as for freedom and equality in Tibet. Sources reported Chinese security personnel doused the flames and Dawa Tsering was in critical condition at a hospital, but his whereabouts are unknown.  The youngest out of the 11, Kalsang Wangchuk, age 17, from Kirti monastery in Ngaba, set himself on fire on October 3, 2011 near the vegetable market in Ngaba town. He reportedly held a photograph of the Dalai Lama and shouted, “There are no religious rights and freedom in Tibet”. In response to these self-immolations, China has flooded Tibet with military troops and re-intensified patriotic re-education.  Celebrities, politicians and other prominent individuals have joined over 20,000 people in pledging to Stand Up for Tibet as part of a new campaign, “Enough!”, calling for coordinated global action on behalf of Tibet.
“These acts of desperation are a cry for help. Those of us who are lucky enough to enjoy the freedoms others don’t have must stand up for Tibet by asking our leaders to put pressure on the Chinese government to change its atrocious behavior in Tibet,” said Matt Zaccarino, a representative of Students for a Free Tibet.
For more information about global protest visit http://standupfortibet.org/global-protests/

 


Contacts:
1)    Matt Zaccarino                                          2) Tenzin Yangchen
Cell: (774 573 2805)                                      Cell: (617 820 1547)
Email: mzaccarino@gmail.com                       Email: tenyangchen87@gmail.com

 


 
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