Mass Tibetan protest in London to oppose destruction of world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist site: 19 October

Monday, 17 October 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

What: Protest by Tibetans and Tibet campaigners

When:  Wednesday 19 October 2016, 16.00–20.00

Where:  Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL

   Other events are planned in at least 15 cities around the world

Tibetans and Tibet campaigners will gather outside the Chinese Embassy in London to protest against the ongoing demolitions and forced removals taking place in occupied Tibet at Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institution [1].

Protesters will carry Tibetan flags, placards and pictures of Larung Gar and the destruction caused to the site.

Members of the Tibetan community will speak about the demolitions and removals being carried out at Larung Gar at 6pm and will then conduct a prayer ceremony. Closing speeches will take place from 7:30pm.

Representatives of the organising Tibet groups will be available throughout the event to talk to the press. See below for contact details.

Parallel protests will take place on 19 October in cities around the world, including Berlin, Delhi, Dharamsala, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington D.C.

 

Notes

[1] Larung Gar Buddhist Academy is located in Serta County, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. It has a population of at least 10,000 monks, nuns and resident students. Under a plan issued by local authorities on behalf of the Chinese central government in Beijing, the number of people at Larung Gar needs to be slashed by at least half. Under the plan, at least 5,000 people will be forcibly removed and their residences destroyed.

 

Contacts:

John Jones, Free Tibet

E: John@freetibet.org

T: 0207 324 4605

Paul Golding, Tibet Society

E: paul@tibetsociety.com

T: 020 7923 0021