26 December 2005

 

Happy Christmas/Holiday and New Year!

Happy Christmas/Holiday and New Year (hogmanay for those in Scotland!) to all SFT UK and supporters.

Over the Christmas break you may have that extra bit of time. Why not use it to update yourself with what campaigns SFT UK are currently fighting. Have a look at the recently created SFT UK Campaigns web-page here for links to information and actions on the most important issues facing Tibet today.

And make sure your keep up to date by signing up to the SFT UK online ACTION NETWORK here (you'll be asked for your email address). You'll recieve about one email a month and can sign off at anytime.

And remember, HAVE FUN, it's important!! We only stay inspired, motivated and amazing through enjoyment!

11 December 2005

 

Boycott Made In China, Swansea Style





On saturday the busy xmas shoppers in Swansea were treated to the vocal stylings of the Swansea SFT group. Braving heckles and stink bombs courtesy of the local asbo's we sung outside Toys 'R' Us for an hour or so before being moved away by security at the request of the manager. We then hit the town centre with our banner and leaflets were we recieved more support from the locals, including a prayer from a local theology student.
All photos by Phil Kirk.


 

Demonstration for the Drepung Monks



On Saturday evening members of Students for a Free Tibet joined the Tibetan Youth UK for a vigil and demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy for the Drepung Monks who were arrested recently during a patriotic re-education campaign at the monastery click here for more information on the situation.



The Demonstration lasted two hours. As the shouting started the lights went off in the offices and the windows were shut. At one point in the evening officials from the embassy were seen hiding in the dark on the roof! The evening ended with a candle light vigil and prayers.


 

Action on Oxford Street



On Saturday afternoon a group of us went to the world-famous Hamley's toy shop to sing our hearts out for the Boycott Made in China campaign. We were outside the store for several hours singing and gave out over 400 leaflets to shoppers.

Many members of the public stopped to join in and show their support. Two staff members of the store came out to ask for information on how to join the campaign. One staff member stated that he thought that approximatly 95% of the toys in the shop were made in China.

Download your own leaflets, logos and Christmas carol lyrics here.

07 December 2005

 

SFT UK Board meeting

Last weekend (3-4th December) the SFT UK board met for its annual Christmas board meeting. This year nine of us met for a weekend of planning and organising in Cambridge. With so many new groups appearing in the UK, we decided to develop the board to have more of a support role.

We said a sad farewell to Emilie Hunter, one of the founding members of SFT UK, who stood down from the board, however Alli Barnes was able to join the team which we are all really excited about. Emilie will still be involved in small projects and is taking a leading role in a legal action in the Spanish courts against former Chinese president Jiang Zemin. We were also Joined by Dhargyal from Tibetan Youth UK.

The weekend was a good chance to catch up after Hu Jintao's state visit and to continue planning our next actions. Spring plans include the SFTUK conference and action training at SOAS, and a speaking tour by former political prisoners.

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