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[18 October 2016] Media advisory on the protest to be held on 19 October in London, opposing the demolition work and expuslions at Larung Gar. Jointly organised by Tibet Society, Free Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet UK and Tibetan Community UK.


Mass Tibetan protest in London to oppose destruction of worlds largest Tibetan Buddhist site: 19 October

Tuesday 18 October 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY


What: Protest by Tibetans and Tibet campaigners
When: Wednesday 19 October, 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Where: Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL


Other events are planned in at least 15 cities around the world, as part of a Global Day of Action [1].

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 worlds largest Tibetan Buddhist institution
[2].

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.

Contacts:
John Jones, Free Tibet
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T: 020 7324 4605

Ellen Lees, Students for a Free Tibet
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T: 07812 461 718

Paul Golding, Tibet Society
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T: 020 7923 0021

Kunsang Dolma, Tibetan Community UK
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T: 07572 880 950

Notes
1. Full list of events taking place globally:
http://unitefortibet.org/take-action/stand-with-larung-gar

2. 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.

Three nuns resident at Larung Gar have committed suicide since the demolitions began: Rinzin Dolma, Tsering Dolma and Semga are all reported to have taken their own lives in protest against the demolition.

Further information:

21 July 2016:
Demolitions begin at Larung Gar (Free Tibet)
10 August 2016:
China expelling half the population of influential Tibetan Buddhist institute (Tibet Society)
6 September 2016:
Three nuns commit suicide at Larung Gar in protest against demolition (Tibet Society)
11 October 2016:
Larung Gar nuns told to voluntarily leave or face religious ba
(Tibet Society)

Group websites:
Free Tibet: https://www.freetibet.org
Students for a Free Tibet:
https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org
Tibet Society: http://www.tibetsociety.com
Tibetan Community UK:
http://tibetancommunityuk.net




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