Vigil Diary 01-08-2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 August 2008 20:13

1 st August 2008


0 8/08/08 is the star t of the Olympic Garmes in Beijing . Amnesty International has expressed alarm at the abuse of human rights in China . The Zimbabwe Vigil has been in contact with Tibetan and Burmese human rights groups and we plan to hold a combined protest opposite the Chinese Embassy in London on Friday 8th August. Our common link is that all three countries are victims of China 's use of its veto in the UN Security Council to protect human rights abusers. We are also in contact with a Sudanese group and are hoping they will join us. Below is information about our plans so far. With 3 or 4 oppressed nations working together, we have the potential to put across a really strong message.


Victims of Chinese Human Rights Abuses Speak Out
Tibetan, Burmese and Zimbabwean exiles are to protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London on Friday 8th August when the Olympic Games begin. The three countries are victims of China 's use of its veto in the UN Security Council to protect human rights abusers.

Programme – from 11.30
Welcome from Tibetan, Burmese and Zimbabwean representatives
People representing the 216 Tibetans killed through demonstrating since March will front the demonstration opposite the Embassy.

• They will be supported by representatives from Burmese groups who mark the 20th anniversary of the Burmese military junta coming to power after gunning down more than 3,000 demonstrators in the 8/8/88 uprising.

• Exiled Zimbabweans will be represented in protest at China 's support for the Mugabe regime.

• One minute silence followed by prayers by Tibetan Buddhist monk, Burmese Buddhist monk, Christian minister

• 12.08 Formal raising of the Tibetan flag accompanied by the Tibetan national anthem and drum beat. This will coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games.

Singing of Tibet freedom song, Burmese and Zimbabwean national anthems.
Photo Opportunities Tibetans representing demonstrators murdered by the Chinese.

• Black coffin on display

• Wreaths / flowers to be laid outside Chinese Embassy.

• People impersonating Senior General Than Shwe of Burma and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe will be seen kneeling before someone representing China .

• 12.08 Formal raising of the Tibetan flag

We will star t assembling at 10 am and the programme for the media will be from 11.30 – 12.30.

Special requests

• Please wear black in mourning for the heroes who lost their lives in the freedom struggle (balck Vigil tshirts will do)

• Please bring flowers

Venue: Outside RIBA, 66 Portland Place , London W1B 6AD (opposite Chinese Embassy)
Map link: http:// www
Underground: Regents Park , Great Portland Street .

How can you help?

The Zimbabwe Vigil exists entirely on donations from the public and well wishers. You can help us by donating via a deposit into our account Thank you.