Vigil Diary 07-08-2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2008 20:06
Olympics Demonstration in London - combined protest by Burmese, Sudanese, Tibetan and Zimbabwean activists – 8th August 2008

It's been confirmed that Kate Hoey, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Zimbabwe , athlete and former Sports Minister, will be attending the combined protest opposite the Chinese Embassy in London to mark the opening of the Beijing Games on Friday, 8 th August.

Four countries trashed by China are to stage a joint demonstration outside the Embassy. Representatives of Burma , Sudan , Tibet and Zimbabwe will lay flowers in mourning for the deaths of millions of victims of dictators supported by China . All four countries are victims of China 's use of its veto in the UN Security Council to protect human rights abusers.

The demonstration will star t at 10 am and there will be a media presentation at 11 am when the Zimbabwean, Burmese and Sudanese dictators will be seen bowing down to a figure representing China . The masks used were widely shown at the Europe / Africa summit in Lisbon last December. A black coffin will be on display representing those who have died in the liberation struggles of these countries. Tibetans wearing gags will be representing the 216 Tibetans who have been killed in demonstrations since March this year.

The protest will culminate at 13.08 when the Tibetan flag will be raised, accompanied by the national anthems of the four countries. We will be joined by the Falun Gong who have been protesting in support of freedom outside the Chinese Embassy for many years.

Contacts: Zimbabwe Vigil: Rose Benton 07970 996 003, 07932 192467, Dumi Tutani 07960 039 775

Burma Democratic Concern: Myo Thein 07877 882 386, 0 20 8493 9137

Tibet Society: Philippa Carrick 020 7272 1414

Sudan Organisation against Torture: 020 7625 8055

Venue: RIBA, 66 Portland Place , London W1B 6AD (opposite Chinese Embassy)

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Underground: Regents Park , Great Portland Street , Oxford Circus.


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