Tibetans Rally on Parliament Hill

February 2, 2012 Updated: February 3, 2012
Some 150 Tibetans and supporters took to Parliament Hill to urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper to raise the plight of Tibetans during his upcoming trip to China.
Some 150 Tibetans and supporters took to Parliament Hill to urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper to raise the plight of Tibetans during his upcoming trip to China. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)

OTTAWA—Three busloads of Tibetans came to Parliament Hill from Toronto Thursday for a four-hour rally to urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper to raise the issue of Tibet during his trip to China on Feb 6-12.

The rally came on the heels of a signature campaign with the petitions and an appeal letter presented to the Prime Minister’s Office that day.

A woman leads Tibetan protesters in chants calling for Harper to talk about Tibet before doing trade with China, and for the Chinese regime to get out of Tibet.
A woman leads Tibetan protesters in chants calling for Harper to talk about Tibet before doing trade with China, and for the Chinese regime to get out of Tibet. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)
Tibetan flags wave in the winter breeze on Parliament Hill.
Tibetan flags wave in the winter breeze on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)
One of several banners held by protesters Thursday calling for freedom in Tibet, an end to abuses, and for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to raise their cause on his upcoming trip to China next week.
One of several banners held by protesters Thursday calling for freedom in Tibet, an end to abuses, and for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to raise their cause on his upcoming trip to China next week. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)
Youdon Tsamotshang chants slogans on Parliament Hill Thursday.
Youdon Tsamotshang chants slogans on Parliament Hill Thursday. Tsamotshang was born in India, the country to which many Tibetans fled after the Chinese communist regime invaded Tibet. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)
An elderly Tibetan woman joins protesters on Parliament Hill.
An elderly Tibetan woman, who said through a translator that she left Tibet at 19 in advance of the Chinese invasion, joins protesters on Parliament Hill on Thursday. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)
NDP MP Marc-Andre Morin stands with Tibetan protesters on Thursday on Parliament Hill.
NDP MP Marc-Andre Morin stands with Tibetan protesters on Thursday on Parliament Hill. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)
Green Party leader Elizabeth May encouraged the protesters.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May encouraged the protesters, her voice breaking as she took note of the years of suffering of those in Tibet. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)
Senator Consiglio Di Nino, MP Rob Anders, and Chinese democracy activist Sheng Xue stand with Tibetan protestors on Parliament Hill.
Senator Consiglio Di Nino, MP Rob Anders, and Chinese democracy activist Sheng Xue stand with Tibetan protestors after making speeches supporting their cause on Parliament Hill on Thursday. (Matthew Little/The Epoch Times)