With the eyes of the world on China’s Olympics, human rights’ protestors were guaranteed airtime.
Demonstrators took to the streets across Europe, denouncing Beijing’s stranglehold on Tibet, and calling for freedom for jailed dissidents.
In Rome demonstrators took their protest to St. Peter’s in the Vatican. Police stepped in when they attempted to unfurl a banner in Rome’s local government offices.
The European Union was beseiged in Brussels, with the Tibetan contingent joined by protestors also denouncing the military rulers of Myanmar, the former Burma.
“This is important, to be here in front of the Council, the EU, to say how sad we are to see that the EU is much more concerned about economic values than human rights values,” said one protestor.
Some 300 protestors besieged China’s embassy in London, with demonstrators also demanding action over the worsening situation in Zimbabwe, Darfur and Myanmar.