No big news to report, but James has been visited by the US Embassy and it sounds like he is safe and doing okay. This was the first time anyone from the US had seen or heard from James in 4 days so it is a relief.
Apparently James was detained while asleep in his hotel. (Oops maybe we should let James tell the story. The embassy has told us that he was at his hotel.) I have to imagine that was a pretty scary experience. The consul, by treaty, can only visit US citizens once per month, so they cannot go and visit James again. I hope that China decides to release all of the US citizens before 10 days.
Students for a Free Tibet are planning some events this weekend in NY:
This weekend in New York City, Students for a Free Tibet in conjunction with other Tibet Support Groups and local Tibetan communities are hosting a weekend of events to mark the end of the Beijing Olympics and continue the call for Tibetan freedom and human rights. This weekend’s events will be an opportunity to show solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet, to support the ten brave SFT activists that remain in “administrative custody” in Beijing, and to project the message declared by Alice Speller (former National Coordinator of SFT UK) during a press conference in Beijing on August 22nd, that “This is not the end of our campaign, this is only the beginning.”
Address of the Chinese Consulate: 520 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Address of the United Nations: 42nd St and 1st Ave
August 23, 2008
At the Chinese Consulate:
10:00AM â€“ Tibetan National Anthem
10:05AM â€“ Tibetan Uprising Song
10:10AM â€“ Word of truth
10:20AM â€“ Speeches (TWA, TA)
10:20AM â€“ Protest
12:30PM â€“ lunch
1:30PM â€“ Human chain formation starts
2:30PM â€“ 3:00PM â€“ HUMAN CHAIN
At Times Square:
3:30PM â€“ Wangchuk Shakabpa
3:40PM â€“ Zurkhang Karma Gyatso
4:00PM â€“ Sean Su
4:100PM â€“ RTYC Rep
Aug 24, 2008
At the United Nations:
11:00AM â€“ gathering
11:30AM â€“ Tibetan National Anthem, uprising song, words of truth
12:00PM â€“ 1:00PM â€“ lunch
1:00PM â€“ Reception for protestors deported from Beijing
1:30PM â€“ Introduction Speech by Tsering Palden
1:40PM â€“ Wie Jiangsheng
2:00PM â€“ Uyghur Rabiya Kadeer
4:00PM â€“ March Starts from UN
At the Chinese consulate:
5:00PM â€“ Slogans at the Chinese Consulate
5:05PM â€“ Rajiv Malhotra
5:15PM â€“ Bob Thurman
5:30PM â€“ Rangzen Song
5:35PM â€“ Thank You Speech
5:40PM â€“ Rangzen Flame Lightning Ceremony
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Great news. Thanks for keeping us posted, Michelle
Very glad to hear that James got out of the arrest, doing well and safe. I hope China won’t hurt James.
I am Leon, first met James at Korea’s Total Museum of Contemporary Art last July. It sounds funny that James and I live in NYC, not see each other until meet in other country – Seoul, Korea!
Feel free to reply back by email if James remember the time we first met.
Very respectful work Jame made in Beijing. Again, I hope James won’t be one of China’s blacklist in the future.
Mikey, thank you for posting news about James.
Be in touch,
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