Pro-Tibet vigil held in CanberraApril 24th, 2008 - 1:23 am ICT by admin
Sydney, Apr.23 (ANI): Pro-Tibet activists have held a vigil outside the Chinese embassy in Canberra where they were urged to avoid clashing with pro-China demonstrators during tomorrow’s Olympic torch relay.
About 150 people gathered for the vigil in honour of those who have been killed in recent unrest in Tibet.
Police kept watch over the vigil and the front doors of the Chinese embassy were locked.
Earlier, about 20 Chinese people watched on from inside the embassy gates.
Australia Tibet Council chairman George Farley spoke to the crowd, seated with their legs crossed amid a sea of candles, urging them to restrain from violent action during the relay tomorrow.
“The world believes the cause of Tibet is moral,” Farley was quoted by news.com, as saying.
But he warned world opinion could change if tomorrow’s protests turned ugly.
“If they (pro-China activists) spit on you, just wear it. If they attack you, run away. Do not approach the Chinese, do not interact with them.”
On the other side of the city’s Lake Burley Griffin, fireworks erupted in celebration of the flame’s arrival in Canberra. (ANI)
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