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A crowd of Tibetans and their supporters will be marching the streets of Vancouver today for the 49th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.
Among the group will be members of the Canada Tibet Committee, Students For A Free Tibet and more than 100 Tibetans who drove up from Portland, Ore. They will march from the Vancouver Art Gallery to the Consulate Of The People’s Republic Of China at noon.
Brandy Leitch of Students For A Free Tibet showed her support at the Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday in a protest with about 50 others.
"We must show China that until they improve their human rights and resolve the issue of Tibet that they will never be accepted on the world stage," she said.
Judy Tethong, president of the Victoria chapter of the Canada Tibet Committee, said this year is particularly significant because it coincides with the Olympic Games in Beijing.
"China is using the Olympics to have itself accepted by the world community as a legitimate player," she said. "We need to focus on the fact that as long as they are continuing their illegal occupation of Tibet, as long as they are abusing human rights so massively … they don’t deserve to be accepted as a legitimate world leader."