Student group has 'top-secret' plans for Tibet protest
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Students for a Free Tibet, an activist group that supports Tibetan independence, is planning a protest somewhere in Asia to mark the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan rebellion. Plans are "top-secret," says the group.
A pro-Tibet organisation is preparing a "top-secret" protest in Asia against
The activist group Students for a Free Tibet, which has carried out a number of demonstrations in favour of Tibetan independence, is preparing to mark the 50th anniversary of the Chinese invasion of
On Friday, Lhadon Tethong, the group's executive director, left its
The destination, according to the French branch of the organisation, has been kept secret so that the operation cannot be thwarted by
Students for a Free Tibet, founded in 1994 in the
One year before the Beijing Olympics, the group hung a giant banner on the Great Wall reading "One World, One Dream: Free Tibet 2008!" in English and Mandarin.
A few weeks before the games, Lhadon Tethong was thrown out of
The president of the French section of Students for a Free Tibet, Alexis Guilpart, said he knows very little about the plans for Tuesday's protests in
"We send each other encrypted mails to avoid leaks by national branches," he said.
Students for a Free Tibet's budget, which comes from donors, has in the past been around $150,000 a year, but it has recently tripled thanks to internet donations.
The group now has some 50,000 members in 35 countries. There are 6,000 volunteers in the
"We don't generate the same kind of enthusiasm in
The French section is organising a march on Tuesday in
Authorisation of the demonstration from the prefecture does not allow the marchers to stop in front of the embassy. The end point will be 100 meters away, on Avenue George V near the Place de l'Alma.
"It will be difficult to plan anything spectacular," said Guilpart, "like climbing onto the roof of the embassy as we have done before."
The group has planned for another demonstration to be held in Marseille on March 14.
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