Thursday, June 26, 2008 –
Tibet Freedom Torch Relay arrives in Wellington.
The Freedom Torch, which is travelling the World, stands for the hopes and aspirations of the Tibetan people for freedom and justice and is a symbol for reconciliation and friendship that should be core values of the Olympic movement. The Chinese government is trying to use the Olympic torch relay to cover up its brutal occupation of Tibet and abysmal human rights record, while the International Olympic Committee has refused the Tibetan’s request to be represented at the Games.
The Tibet Freedom Torch begins its journey through NZ in Invercargill on 23 June and will reach Whangarei 8 days later. National chair of Friends of Tibet Thuten Kesang QSM will accompany the Torch on its journey around NZ.
The Torch will be in Wellington on 26 June and there will be a rally at Parliament at lunchtime. Speakers include Keith Locke Green MP.