October 21, 2011
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
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