Huge Protest at Chinese Consulate Marks 50 Years of Tibetan Exile

A crowd of about 400 (300 per AP, seemed a bit more than that though) is marching all around San Francisco today – see them in front of the always-busy Chinese Consulate below. To get up to speed, here’s a nice bit from Matt O’Brien about the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that led to the exile of the Dalai Lama.

Keep up on developments at SF Team Tibet, the International Support Tibet Network, Save Tibet, the Tibetan Association of Northern California, and Students for a Free Tibet. The candlelight vigil will start at 5:00 PM in Union Square.

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WHEN & WHERE:
8:00-9:00am
Tibetan Flag Raising Ceremony @ Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley
10:00-10:30am
Rally at @ Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
10:30-11:30am
March from Justin Herman Plaza to City Hall, San Francisco
11:30am-12:45pm
Rally & Political Theater @ City Hall, San Francisco
12:45-1:30pm
March from City Hall to Chinese Consulate, San Francisco
1:30-3:30pm
Protest & Rally @ Chinese Consulate, Laguna & Geary, San Francisco
5:00-9:00pm
Rangzen Concert and Candlelight Vigil @ Union Square, San Francisco

The protesters always make sure to carry American flags..

…as well as Tibetan:

The SFPD didn’t bring the S.W.A.T. team along this time the way they did last year with the Olympic protests.

The Feds, fresh from the Sunglass Hut. Apparently, one of them lost a bet so he had to shave off his facial hair:

Not sure what this means:

The next big day appears to be March 28, 2009.

To be continued…

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