Update -June 6th
Eight Tibetan activists and supporters were arrested protesting outside the IOC meeting in Athens, Greece. Included were five members of the Tibetan Youth Association of Europe, and SFT Executive Director Lhadon Tethong.
High resolution uncut video available here.
June 5th: Lhadon Tethong attempted to meet with Jacques Rogge – read post and listen to mp3 podcast here.
See Students for a Free Tibet’s press release about the June 5th protests in Athens.
Pictures from the peaceful protest outside the Athens hotel where the International Olympic Committee is holding its June meeting: High resolution images available here.
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TIBET ACTIVISTS SPEAK OUT ON EVE OF INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MEETING IN ATHENS
TRANSCRIPT OF STATEMENTS MADE AT PRESS CONFERENCE
Watch the Video Press Conference Replay on SFTtv.org
JUNE 2ND: Tibet Activists in Athens to Hold Press Conference on Eve of IOC Executive Board Meeting; Call for No Torch in Tibet and Immediate Media Access to Tibet
Athens â€“ Tibet activists from North America, Switzerland and Germany will hold a press conference tomorrow, June 3, on the eve of the final meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Executive Board before the Beijing Olympics in August, and just days before the Olympic torch is scheduled to makes its first stop in Tibet. The press conference will take place at 10am at the Foreign Press Association of Greece, 23, Academias St. 106 71 Athens. The activists also plan to deliver the press conference via live webcast accessible at: www.sfttv.org (10am Athens time, 3pm Beijing time, 3am in New York, GMT+2).
The activists will address the current situation inside Tibet, including reports of fresh protests by Tibetan nuns in Kardze County (Ch: Ganzi) in eastern Tibet; the impact on Tibet of the IOC’s failure to hold China accountable to its commitment of media freedom in the lead up to and during the Olympic Games; and publicly call for IOC President Jaques Rogge to meet with Tibetans in Athens to address concerns that the Tibet leg of the torch relay is encouraging increased repression of Tibetans in the wake of the recent protests and unrest that swept the region in March.
The situation inside Tibet remains critical as thousands remain detained or disappeared as a result of China’s brutal crackdown on the freedom protests that swept across Tibet in March and April. Tibetans and supporters worldwide have been pressuring the 15 individual members of the IOC Executive Board to withdraw authorization for the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG) to parade the Olympic torch through Tibet.