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Supporters for a free Tibet shout slogans as they march along Queen Street W. yesterday. .

Activists called for a boycott by Canadian officials of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies in Beijing in August during a protest march held against alleged human rights violations by China in Tibet.

"My heart is heavy as I think of the hundred or more people who have been killed," or imprisoned and tortured, said Michael Craig, of Amnesty International Canada and chair of the China Rights Network, during an address to the crowd.

He said China wants respect from the international community, which it will not receive until it stops unlawfully detaining, harming and murdering the people of Tibet.

Parkdale Collegiate student Sonam Topgyal, 18, who walked alongside the protesters and handed out flyers. His classmate Gudak, also 18, and who goes by one name, added: "We want some international press in Tibet so we can know what is really going on."

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