Date: 28 March 2008
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WORLDWIDE PROTESTS PLANNED FOR OLYMPIC TORCH ARRIVAL IN BEIJING, 31 March 2008
TIBETANS AND SUPPORTERS DEMAND â€œNO TORCH IN TIBETâ€
Ljubljana - Protests, vigils, and prayer ceremonies for Tibet will take place around the world on 31 March, when the Olympic Torch will arrive in Beijing, to highlight the suffering of the Tibetan people during China's current crackdown. Tibetans in exile and Tibet supporters are calling for all Tibetan areas to be withdrawn from the Torch Relay, stating that celebrating China's Olympic Torch and its so-called â€œJourney of Harmonyâ€ in Tibet whilst the Tibetan people have been crushed by China's military forces is an abomination that must be stopped.
Tibet supporters in Slovenia will participate in the Global Day of Action for Tibet as follows:
Date: 31 March 2008
Place: in front of Chinese Embassy - Koblarjeva 3, 1000 Ljubljana
Event: peaceful gathering
More than one hundred and fifty Tibet support organizations called on the International Olympic Committee President in a letter two weeks ago to cancel the planned visits of the Olympic torch to all Tibetan areas. The organizations, part of the International Tibet Support Network (1) have also sent letters to the Torch Relay sponsors - Coca Cola, Lenovo, and Samsung - calling on them to withdraw their sponsorship unless Tibet is dropped from the route, and will now be appealing to National Olympic Committees to support their demands.
(1) International Tibet Support Network is a global coalition of Tibet related non-governmental organizations, which works to maximise the effectiveness of the worldwide Tibet movement. ITSN Member organizations hold varied positions on Tibet's future political status, but all regard Tibet as an occupied country and are dedicated to ending human rights violations in Tibet, and to working actively to restore the Tibetan people's right under international law to determine their own political, economic, social, religious, and cultural status.