Hundreds of Anti-China protesters march outside NYC’s Grand Central Terminal over 2008 Beijing games

8 08 2007

I just saw hundreds of shouting protesters marching down Midtown
Manhattan’s 42nd St in front of Grand Central Terminal shouting
anti-China slogans demanding the independence of Tibet and for their
inclusion in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. “CHINA CHINA CHINA, SHAME!
SHAME! SHAME!” 

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This excerpt from the Pakistan Daily Times sheds light on the event:

Global protest rallies planned against Chinese rule of Tibet

NEW DELHI: Tibetan activists will hold rallies around the world this
week to protest China’s occupation of Tibet, a group’s president said
Tuesday.

Some
20,000 Tibetans are expected to take part in the rallies Wednesday in
Nepal, Bhutan, the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Indian
capital, New Delhi, said Kalasang Phuntsok Godrukpa, president of the
India-based Tibetan Youth Congress. “The Tibetan people are restless
and fed up with the Chinese attitude,” Godukpa told reporters at a news
conference in New Delhi.

The rallies will highlight “China’s
abuse of human rights in Tibet,” he said. China claims Tibet has been
its territory for centuries, but many Tibetans say they were self-ruled
for most of that period. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, fled
the Himalayan region for India in 1959 amid a failed uprising against
Chinese rule. Fourteen Tibetan exiles have been on hunger strike for
the past 31 days in New Delhi, demanding the Chinese leave Tibet. The
hunger strikers, who have been drinking only water, are members of the
Tibetan Youth Congress. Aside from Tibetan independence, the congress
wants the Chinese government to produce concrete evidence that the
Panchen Lama – Tibetan Buddhism’s highest figure after the Dalai Lama –
is alive.

Tibetans are also concerned about the massive influx
of Chinese to Tibet thanks to a new rail service linking Beijing to the
Tibetan capital, Lhasa, Godrupka said, warning that Chinese could
outnumber Tibetans in the region in 10 years. Also China’s attempt to
manipulate the centuries-old Tibetan practice of searching for
reincarnations of holy monks is stoking anger in the Himalayan region,
a member of Tibet’s parliament-in-exile said on Tuesday. China’s State
Administration of Religious Affairs posted new regulations on its
website last week banning reincarnations of “living Buddhas” that fail
to seek government approval.

“It’s most silly and preposterous
… It will lead to friction and dismal failure,” Khedroob Thondup, a
nephew of the Dalai Lama, told Reuters in an interview. He urged
Chinese President Hu Jintao to break the ice and open dialogue with the
Dalai Lama. agencies

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