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On May 6th 2008,concurrently with Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Japan, SAVE TIBET NETWORK holds a large-scale rally and demonstration
to seek a peaceful solution to Tibet issues.
SAVE TIBET NETWORK establishes a network, working in concert with Tibet supporters in and out of Japan, Tibetan Communities in Japan, Amnesty International, pro-democracy activists in Inner Mongolia, Taiwan, and China.
President Hu Jintao visit to Japan, Environmental Summit in Hokkaido, Beijing Olympics ...
SAVE TIBET NETWORK kicks off a series of non-violent activities, looking for effective measures to solve Tibet issues in the midst of rolling historic events.
On May 6th 2008, SAVE TIBET NETWORK holds a massive rally and a march demonstration in Tokyo, in synchronous with the Chinese President's visit to Japan.
Purpose of the Rally:
-Requesting immediate stop of the current suppression of human rights all over Tibet
-Requesting start of dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama
-Requesting reopening the Tibet region to foreign media
Expected speakers are the representative of Japan Parliamentarian Group for Tibet, high-level officials from the Tibetan government in exile, Buddhism monks, Shinto priests, Mongolian/Chinese/Taiwanese activists promoting democratization of China. Morley Robertson (journalist, J-WAVE radio program navigator) and Yukiko Ikeda (actress) are the hosts for this gathering.
With the coordination by the Liaison Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama Office, Richard Gear is to send us a special message for this rally.
The rally is to take place at the Nippon-Seinenkan Hall, starting from 12:30 to 14:00 (the hall opens at 11:30). The hall accommodates 1000 people on a first-come-first-served basis.
After the rally, we plan to hold a march demonstration heading to Yoyogi Park.
We will hold a wrap-up gathering at Yoyogi Park after the march.
After the massive rally in the hall, we hope people to gather in the Meiji Park that is located next to the Nippon-Seinenkan Hall to start the march demonstration at 14:30. At the march destination Yoyogi park, we plan to hold a wrap-up gathering at the open-air stadium in the park.
Route for the march demo:
Nippon-Seinenkan Hall - Gaienmae Migi (right side) -- Aoyama Street -- Omotesando Street Migi (right side) -- Meiji Jingu Shrine Mae -- Gorinbashi Bridje -- Yoyogi Park (Area B)
In Yoyogi Park, we plan to hold a candle light vigil after the dark.
During the period of Chinese President Hu Jintao's Visit to Japan, representatives of the SAVE TIBET NETWORK intend to deliver thousands of signatures to the Japanese government, the Chinese embassy in Japan, and the United Nations. The signatures, which have been collected from all over Japan, are calling for the immediate stop of serious human rights infringement in Tibet.
SAVE TIBET NETWORK engages in protest activities with peaceful approach – without obstructing the Olympic torch, without boycotting the Olympics, SAVE TIBET NETWORK makes a protest against the military oppressions and human rights infringements by the Chinese government with non-violent measures.
What is the SAVE TIBET NETWORK?
-SAVE TIBET NETWORK provides opportunities for any individuals, who are concerned with the Tibet issue and are wishing to take actions, to be connected under the same purpose.
-SAVE TIBET NETWORK proposes concrete actions. Anyone who approves is welcome -- please take part in freely for each action.
-SAVE TIBET NETWORK does not belong to any specific groups or organizations. It functions as a network to connect individual supporters in concert with various groups in and out of Japan, including Japan Parliamentarian Group for Tibet, Tibet Support Network Japan (TSNJ), Tibetan communities in Japan, and foreign activists for democratization in China.
-Anyone who has already been a member of any Tibet support group is welcome to participate in this network as an individual.
Goals of the SAVE TIBET NETWORK
Short term goal:
-Stop the present brutal suppression, arbitrary imprisonment, torture and any other atrocities toward Tibetans.
Long term goal:
-Establish human rights and freedom of expression for all Tibetans and let the parties solve the Tibet issues peacefully through dialogue.
How it is established
On March 22nd 2008, around 1500 people voluntarily gathered at Roppongi in Tokyo for a demonstration demanding the Chinese government to immediately stop its genocide, violent suppressions, human rights infringements, and other broader range of violences and restrictions over the Tibetan people.
On the day, Seishu Makino, a leading Tibet supporter in Japan who organized the demo, spoke to the public who appeared from all over Japan. “I am sure that all gathered here today will be regarded as “apostles of peace” in the future. Although I'm afraid it might take a long time for Tibet to fully establish its freedom, I would like to call for everyone here to be united with all your compassion and passion for the peace, integrating the whole power into a strong network until the day when Tibet accomplishes its true goal of freedom.” With this voice, the idea of Save Tibet Network came into existence.
SAVE TIBET NETWORK is a nonprofit organization run by Seishu Makino with a few volunteers.
Organizer: Seishu Makino
Former member of Japanese Parliament. Founder and Adviser of the Japan Parliamentarian Group for Tibet. Representative of “Study Group of Democratization Issues in Asia and China.” As a leading figure and pathfinder of Tibet issues in Japan, Makino has been extending his activities in and out of Japan. He has made an enormous contribution in arousing public opinion for the issue in Japan with activities including invitations of the 14th Dalai Lama to Japan.
In Collaboration with: Japan Parliamentarian Group for Tibet
Tibet Support Network Japan (TSNJ)
Tibet Community in Japan
SAVE TIBET NETWORK