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Tibet’s Olympian struggle

Seize the moment! The spotlight is on!

This Sunday – 6 April – the official Olympic torch rally comes to London. If you can make it, you can show your support for the people of Tibet and send a message to world leaders by taking part in the Free Tibet Campaign’s peaceful protest.

Alternatively you can send a personal message to your headof state by going to Avaaz.

Here are the details of the London protest:

Please gather to protest along the official torch relay route

The route runs from WembleyStadium to North Greenwich.

Tibetans and their supporters will hold protests as the torch passes along theroute.

If you wish to join in at these designated areas, they are:
At the corner of Queensway and Bayswater Roadat 11am
The torch passes at around 11.30.
Nearest tube: Queensway or Bayswater
At the junction of Bedford Placeand Great Russell Street at11.45
The torch passes at around 12.20
Nearest tube: Russell Square or Holborn
At Richmond Terrace, Whitehall:please gather from 12.30
The torch should pass at around 1pm
Nearest tube: Westminster or Charing Cross

Also, come along to the Tibetan Freedom Torch Rally:

Argyle Square, London,from 2.30pm to3.30pm
5 minutes walk down
Crestfield Street,directly opposite Kings Cross St. Pancras Station.
This rally and cultural event includes speakers such as the reunited Drapchinuns, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet Lhadon Tethong, JoannaLumley, MP Norman Baker, and the Tibetan Community Dance Group.

Come along for the lighting the Tibetan Freedom Torch, traditional and modern Tibetan music by Phuntsog and Chino, with support of one man band wonder Joe Driscoll.

Bring flags and banners and support the call for a free Tibet

Free Tibet
Campaign supports only peaceful protests, whether by groups or individuals

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Vanessa Baird a New Internationalist contributor

Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

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