Protest against Nangpa La shootings in Vancouver
Even though a protest was held here locally a week ago, the Tibetans here were still outraged and decided to voice their strong opposition to the recent tragedy at Nangpa la in front of the branch of the regime that committed the heinous crime.President of Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association (NWTCA) Tsering Choephel said, "As a Tibetan, it is our duty in this time of need and we must stand up against these murders and let the Chinese know they can't get away".Upon arrival in BC around mid-day, the group got ready for the protest by giving finishing touches to the placards and banners. Several members from Seattle TYC and Seattle Tibetan community and a few Tibetans from Vancouver BC joined the group as well.The protest started on time right at the gate of the Chinese Consulate with roars of "Shame on China" and "China, Stop the Killings in Tibet".Soon, we were joined by more Tibetans and Tibet supporters of Vancouver BC and the crowd swelled to around 100 people. The protest continued non-stop for two hours with many as young as 12 taking the lead in lashing out at the Chinese for the brutal murders of Tibetan refugees at Nangpa la recently. The heavy traffic on Granville Street also witnessed the resounding protest.At the end of the protest, the crowd recited prayers for those killed at Nangpa la and those who have sacrificed their lives for Tibet's Independence and proudly sang the Tibetan National Anthem.Phuntsok Khako, President of Tibetan Cultural Society, BC and Tsering Choephel thanked the crowd for showing up for the protest. Tsewang Rigzin, President of RTYC Portland/Vancouver then thanked the crowd on behalf of the Nangpa La Tibetans and said "as long as Tibet remains under China in any form or shape, these atrocities will continue and it is our duty to not only speak up for our fellow Tibetans but work towards Tibet's Independence to end the brutal oppression of Tibetans and the continued occupation of Tibet". He ended by saying "as long as we Tibetans rise up united not only on such occasions but against the continued occupation of Tibet, I guarantee you we can regain our Fatherland".This protest was filmed by Canadian Television (CTV) and a reporter from a local Chinese media World Journal was also present.