Students for a Free Tibet is alive and well in Canada! Check back here daily to keep informed about our efforts and to connect with members around the country!

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Monday, September 26, 2005

SFT Canada Board News

SFT Canada

Hi All,

The SFT Canada Board of Directors just had a conference call tonight. We are all totally stoked from the actions during Hu's visit, and the new people getting involved this school year!

We've just set up a Pay Pal account, so donating is easier than ever! Just click here and make a donation today! Your support is crucial so that we can keep doing awesome actions like those in the last 2 weeks!

Thanks again to everyone who came out to the recent demonstrations.

Free Tibet!

Jessica Spanton

Monday, September 19, 2005

SFT Canada Action - Vancouver, Sept 16th

Hi everyone,

Tonight's action was a resounding success, Kate and the rest of SFT Vancouver made a fantastic effort this past week and managed to pull together a great demo and action. We had about a hundred supporters in addition to many Falun Gong and Tiawanese who noisily greeted Hu Jintao. About half way through the demonstration Kate scaled a 50 foot flagpole and hung two banners before staging a mock hanging. It lasted for over an hour and in the end they just let us walk away without any charges or even a warning. It really was a night of victories.

I have attached a few of the first photos from the action (that is Kate hanging under that shroud). Also, visit for the first bit of coverage (the mock hanging is not reported on but our fabulous media spokesperson Pema Lhalungpa managed to get a great quote in there!)

Talk to you all soon,

Jeff Langlois

Monday, September 12, 2005

Hu Jintao Visit to Canada: Update from Toronto

Saturday was an incredible day of action by Tibetans and Tibet supporters in Toronto. Hundreds of people with Tibetan flags, placards, and banners attended the rally jointly organized by the Canada Tibet Committee, Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontraio, Chushi Gangdruk of Canada and Students for a Free Tibet Canada. Chris Schwartz, an SFT member was arrested for locking down inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and disrupting the gala dinner organized in honour of Hu Jintao’s visit. Read below for an account of the day’s events.

By 10:00am, Tibetans and supporters had assembled alongside members of the Falun Gong and Taiwanese organizations to fill the entire block in front of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Around 11am, Hu Jintao arrived at the hotel adjacent to the Convention Centre. We chanted Free Tibet slogans, making sure that we were louder than the pro-China supporters who had been bused in to the counter the protests. At about 2:30pm, in direct view of the Tibetan flags, Hu Jintao’s entourage left the hotel for Niagara Falls and after four hours of yelling we were able to take a much needed break and prepare for the evening demonstrations.

The crowd reconvened at around 5:00pm with renewed energy. By 6:00pm, guests were beginning to arrive for the gala dinner organized by the Canada China Business Council. We repeatedly called on the Canadian business community to stop financing China’s occupation of Tibet, specifically targeting gala dinner sponsors Bombardier and Nortel for their involvement in the China- Tibet railway.

At 7:00pm, SFT members Chris Schwartz and Leah Henderson entered the Convention Centre. Dressed in a suit and tie, Chris entered the lobby area on the 1st floor of the convention centre, where the gala dinner was being held. In less than five seconds he had locked down to a bench next to the table where event organizers were checking tickets. Yelling at the top of his lungs, Chris addressed the stunned businessmen and women who believed they had successfully avoided the demonstrations. “I am here today in solidarity with the 6 million Tibetans inside Tibet who continued to live without basic human and civil rights. “Until Tibet is free”, he

continued, “Trade with China must be conditional on significant human rights improvements in Tibet.” Security personnel reacted by trying to block Chris who continued to shout “Free Tibet”. About five minutes later eight police officers arrived on the scene, cut Chris free and dragged him to the nearest exit. Once outside, he was met with cheers of support by the demonstrators. Chris was arrested but later released.