Tibetans to Protest China’s Future President Xi Jinping in Iowa as Crackdown in Tibet Continues
Hundreds of Tibetans and their supporters are planning a series of colorful demonstrations at the Des Moines State Capitol Building on Wednesday, February 15th to coincide with China’s Vice President and heir apparent Xi Jinping’s first official visit to the United States. The long day protest will include a protest march from a mass Buddhist prayer offering with traditional Tibetan drumming, solidarity rallies, and candlelight vigils.
Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit comes as the Chinese government has sealed Tibet off to foreigners and journalists after security forces opened fire on protesters calling for freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama. Twenty-one Tibetans have set fire to themselves in Tibet since 2009, eight since January 2012, in an unprecedented show of defiance to Chinese rule.
Full protest schedule included below:
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
March for Tibetan Freedom
Time: 11am – 3pm
Start Location: WWII Memorial Park [426 East 13th]
End Location: Des Moines State Capitol Building [West steps on Grand Ave]
Rally for Tibetan Freedom
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: Des Moines State Capitol Building [West steps on Grand Ave]
Rally and Solidarity Vigil
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Location: Iowa Public Safety Building [East Court Ave & East 7 St]