Protest in London

22nd October 2011

Thank you to all of you who joined us on Saturday 22 October in London to protest against China's occupation of Tibet and the ongoing repression there.

Tibetans and supporters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy where MP Fabian Hamilton, Pema Yoko form Students for a Free Tibet and Sonam Dugdak spoke to the crowd, calling for immediate action on Tibet and the end of China's rule.

The placards we carried had the photographs, names and ages of the nine Tibetans who recently self-immolated. The placards also called for the end of China's occupation of Tibet, for religious freedom and global action on Tibet.

We walked to Downing Street with our flags and placards and handed out leaflets about the current situation in Tibet to the many Saturday shoppers in the West End that we passed. At Downing Street, the protest continued. This time the demonstrators were calling on the British government to speak up about the current crisis in Tibet.

A letter jointly authored by five Tibet support groups in the UK ( Free Tibet, Students for a free Tibet, Tibet Society, Tibet Community in Britain and Tibet Youth in the UK) was handed in to Downing Street. The letter calls on the government to:

• Immediately issue a public statement of concern over the current situation in Tibet.
• Publicly call on the Chinese government to respect the human rights of the Tibetan people, including the right to freely practise their religion, and to urgently address the underlying grievances of the Tibetan people.
• Work with other world governments to issue a statement that calls on China to cease its repressive policies in Tibet and Tibetan areas, to respect the rights of the Tibetan people and to institute multi-lateral mechanisms to advocate for the Tibetan people in order to achieve justice and peace in Tibet.
• Provide diplomatic support for substantive talks between China and Tibetan representatives in order to bring about a peaceful and just solution for the people of Tibet.

Read the letter.