MEDIA ADVISORY: Vigil for Tibet in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

MEDIA ADVISORY

October 21, 2011

Contact:

Tenzin Lobsang, Students for a Free Tibet Canada, 647.637.1810 [English]

Urgyen Badheytsang, Students for a Free Tibet Canada, 647.522.5178 [Tibetan]

TIBETAN COMMUNITY, SUPPORTERS TO GATHER IN NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE

Concerned with deteriorating situation inside Tibet leading to numerous self-immolations by young Tibetans

[TORONTO] – Tibetans and supporters in the Toronto area will take part in a global solidarity fast today along with a protest outside the Toronto Chinese Consulate to show solidarity with the sacrifices being made by Tibetans inside Tibet as more and more Tibetans take their lives through self-immolation in protest of the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

To date, nine young Tibetans have set fire to themselves in Ngaba County, eastern Tibet (Chinese: Aba County, Sichuan Province) since March 2011; seven since September 26, of which five have died. The conditions and whereabouts of the others remain unknown. The most recent incident occurred Monday when 20-year-old Tibetan nun, Tenzin Wangmo, died after self-immolating. She was seen calling for the return of the Dalai Lama from exile and for religious freedom in Tibet.

The Tibetan community of Toronto, along with Tibetans and supporters worldwide, are calling on China to withdraw its security forces to end the ongoing harassment and torture of monks. They are also calling for a global intervention, for a coordinated international response by world leaders to condemn China’s repressive measures in Ngaba and across Tibet.

WHAT: Solidarity vigil for Tibetans currently under Chinese crackdown in Ngaba, Tibet

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square, Intersection of Queen St W and Bay St, Toronto

WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2011, 6:00pm-8:00pm

For more information, contact: lobsang@studentsforafreetibet.org

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One response to “MEDIA ADVISORY: Vigil for Tibet in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

  1. Om Mani Padme Hung. My personal thoughts, that this is just beginning of more bloodshed. Haven’t been through enough? Why do I feel so depressed? I have done everything possible and yet nothing I have done will help Tibet.
    Om Mani Padme Hung.
    I will share again in a couple of hours.
    Thank you.

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