Yo surf rats.
Long time no post.
Hope everyone out there has found a few.
The coast has been offering up waves here and there it seems.
nooks, crannies and brief windless moments.
The torch is coming to SF on Wed.
There will be protests in SF tomorrow (4.8.08) and wed (4.9.08).
China invaded Tibet in 1949 and has occupied it ever since.
The political and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama
has lived in exile in Northern India since that day.
The Chinese have perpetrated a long, slow, insidious genocide against the Tibetan people.
Making it illegal to speak Tibetan.
Relocating thousands of Han Chinese into Tibet to change the demographics.
Curtailing freedom to worship.
The recent protests in Tibet bring to light the Tibetans continued struggle for autonomy and freedom.
The Chinese have succeeded to some degree in spreading negative propaganda within China
against the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan monks.
Yesterday the torch was carried through Paris and large protests were heard around the world.
Yesterday protesters in San Francisco hung a large protest banner from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Wednesday the torch comes to San Francisco. The only stop in North America.
Peaceful, highly visible protest will send at least some message to the world and hopefully
the Chinese government that their stance in Tibet is wrong.
Not to mention their support of the brutal regimes in Burma and Sudan.
article from san jose mercury news:
The torch relay will follow a six-mile route, beginning at 1 p.m. at McCovey Cove at AT&T Park,
following the Embarcadero, past Fisherman’s Wharf, and ending at Justin Herman Plaza.
Visit the official torch relay Web site, http://torchrelay.beijing2008.cn/en/
Tibetans and their supporters will hold a rally Tuesday at the United Nations Plaza,
at Market Street and Hyde Street near the Civic Center BART, to protest the Olympic
torch relay and China’s recent crackdown on protesting Tibetans in Lhasa.
Actor Richard Gere and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu
will be at guest speakers at the rally, which begins at 6 p.m.
There are planned Tibetan protests on the day of the torch relay,
but details have not been released. Visit sfteamtibet.org for more information.