Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Sun 20, Oct 2019 10:11 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
US House passes three bills in support of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong
Tibetans, Hong Kong activists protest at the Nets vs. Raptors NBA preseason game
Coalition of activists urge Apple to stop colluding with China’s censorship
The arrest was extremely undemocratic: Tenzin Tsundue
Denouncing the Dalai Lama a criterion for government jobs in occupied Tibet
Lebron James on the firing line as Twitterati accuse him of undermining human rights for China's money
All Tibetan activists except Tsundue released from jail in Chennai
Tibetan court rules in favor of Penpa Tsering in case no. 20
Dalai Lama urges India’s stewardship in promoting secular ethics in modern education
Respite for Tibetans in Nepal as extradition treaty with China shelved
 Latest Photo News
Shrutika Sharma from Nainital, Uttrakhand, wins the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2019, seen with her are first runners up Shalika Rana and second runners up Sapna Devi. Oct. 13, 2019 Phayu Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Nearly 3000 Students from eight countries listened to teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Three day annual teachings for youth began today. June 3, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being escorted to the teaching site at Tsuglakhang temple, May 13, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
Pro-Tibet cross-Canada cyclist wheels into Montreal today
The Gazette[Sunday, July 27, 2008 14:45]
Aims to reach Vancouver in August. Momentum is building, athlete says

ALAN HUSTAK

Montreal, July 26: David Kay's cross-Canada Race for Rights to raise awareness about human rights violations in China arrives in Montreal this afternoon.

Kay, who won a silver medal in rowing with Team Canada at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, is bicycling across the country for the Canada-Tibet Committee, which supports the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

Kay began his 7,700-kilometre stretch in St. John's, N.L., on July 13, and expects to reach Vancouver at the end of August.

He has no support vehicle. In a cellphone interview from Trois Rivières yesterday, Kay said momentum for his effort is building.

"It's going well," he said, "the last four or five days have been blissful. The Canada-Tibet committee isn't really represented in Atlantic Canada so the sendoff in Newfoundland was sparsely attended, but once I reached Halifax, I started to get more media attention." Each leg of Kay's journey is dedicated to specific victims of the uprising in Tibet.

As he makes his way through Quebec, Kay is cycling in the memory of two monks who, according to the Times of London newspaper, were killed by Chinese police at a monastery in Sichuan province July 12.

"From my perspective, the ride is not so much a protest as it is a call to the Chinese government to uphold the incredible promises it made to get the Olympics," he said.

Kay's arrival in Montreal, planned for 3:30 this afternoon at Chez Gasté on Ontario Ave. E., will focus on a rally planned for Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Aug. 7, the day before the summer Olympic Games open in Beijing.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a former Miss Canada who was born in Iran and lives in Vancouver, came up with the idea to get various groups concerned about what is happening in China to join forces with the Canada-Tibet Committee for the Ottawa demonstration.

Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler, Liberal opposition critic for human rights, and David Kilgour, the former Edmonton MP who was co-chairperson of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, are also expected to take part in the demonstration at noon.

With the support of the Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal, organizers hope to send a busload of activists from Montreal to Ottawa.

"Governments around the world have an obligation to keep the pressure on the government of China to respect human rights, and in the case of Tibet, to reach an agreement with the Dali Lama the guarantees an autonomous Tibet within China," said Dermod Travis, executive director of the Canada-Tibet Committee.

For information about the rally, visit www.tibet.ca or telephone 514-487-0665.

ahustak@ thegazette.canwest.com
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Abusing the Olympic spirit
China plans sweeping purge of Tibetan monasteries
Pro-Tibet cross-Canada cyclist wheels into Montreal today
China denies group's claim of role in bombings
Thousands hear Dalai Lama dispense wit, wisdom
Dalai Lama calls for 'inner disarmament’
China and Britain ready to exploit Tibet's natural resources
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2019 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement