Tibetan Vigil at WSSD - South African Police Action
[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 02/09/02; September 2, 2002.]
New Update-Tibet at WSSD
3 September 2002
Johannesburg, South Africa
This morning the South African police arrested Tibetans and greenpeace activists for about one and half hour while both groups were doing silent vigils at two different locations outside Sandton conference centre, the venue of the governmental segment of the WSSD meeting.
At the Tibetan Vigil, members of the Tibetan delegation led by Mr. Jampal Chosang, Representative of H. H. the Dalai Lama and a few supporters from South Africa, carried posters which read, "See No Tibet, Hear No Tibet, Speak No Tibet: WSSD Gags Tibetan Voice" . As this vigil was happening, Zhu Rongji, the Chinese Prime Minister was addressing the plenary session of the WSSD.
The Tibetan Vigil received more media attention when about 25 South African police-team forcefully pushed and circle the Tibetan Delegation and greenpeace activists. At that time, Senator Bob Brown of Australia was meeting with the members of the Tibetan delegation. All the demonstrators were released without any explanantion.
In this update, we publish the press statement issued this morning:
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