TDR Vigil — Never a dull moment with SFT

Here are some images from last night’s vigil.

The woman who collapsed in the middle of Granville St. rush hour is reported to be o.k. Seems like she was having a pre-stroke!

Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain. It was well worth it.



One response to “TDR Vigil — Never a dull moment with SFT

  1. Hey,
    Here’s an article about our vigil for TDR over at Concordia.


    Damon van der Linde
    A life hangs in the balance
    Student’s for a Free Tibet hold vigil
    Tuesday, January 31, 2006 @04:02AM
    by Damon van der Linde

    Students for a Free Tibet held a vigil for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk who is serving a life sentence in a Chinese prison. The vigil was held in front of Concordia’s Hall building last Thursday, commemorating the three-year anniversary of the day Delek’s death sentence was changed to life imprisonment.

    “Tenzin does not deserve to be in jail, even if he is not going to be executed,” said Jessica Spanton, a coordinator for the Concordia chapter of SFT. “We are part of many vigils being held around the world demanding his complete release.”

    Similar vigils were held at McGill and across Canada, the United States, Europe and India. SFT has over 650 chapters around the world.

    Delek was tried for his involvement in a bombing in the Chinese city of Chengdu. Delek’s codefendant, Lobsang Dhondup, was executed immediately after the trial. This was the first known execution of a Tibetan for political crimes in twenty years.

    Members of SFT encouraged passersby to sign petitions that would be faxed to Chinese embassies. Postcards were also handed out to be signed and sent to the Chinese government.

    Concordia students joined the vigil to show support on the cold evening.

    “I find this is representative of the situation for many of the monks in Tibet and he is an example,” said Nairra Tariq, a political science student at Concordia. “It is what he represents that I am here to speak out against.”

    SFT member Losang Champa said that involvement from the international community is crucial to this campaign, because demonstrations of this kind are strictly forbidden by the Chinese government.

    “People are not even allowed to have a Tibetan flag or a picture of the Dalai Lama. If people are caught with these things, they could go to prison automatically,” said Champa “China is doing everything it can to obliterate Tibetan culture.”

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