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Will fly Tibetan flag again, St. John's mayor vows

September 18, 2007

CBC News
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

St. John's Mayor Andy Wells said he hopes the Chinese government will be 'fed up' with his decision to fly the Tibet flag again. (CBC) The outspoken mayor of St. John's is pledging to fly the flag of Tibet at city hall in October, knowing that a similar action eight years ago sparked an international furor.

Andy Wells, who has been invited to meet the Dalai Lama in Ottawa, asked council on Monday evening to fly the Tibetan flag at city hall to mark the occasion.

Council approved the trip and the flag request.

Wells raised the Tibetan flag — a symbol of independence for expatriates worldwide — in April 1999 on the request of local human rights activists.

The flag was removed after a Chinese trade delegation said it would cancel its trip to Newfoundland.

"I hope that the People's Republic of China is just as fed up and poisoned as they were … when we flew the Tibetan flag then," said Wells.

The outspoken mayor of St. John's is pledging to fly the flag of Tibet at city hall in October, knowing that a similar action eight years ago sparked an international furor.

Andy Wells, who has been invited to meet the Dalai Lama in Ottawa, asked council on Monday evening to fly the Tibetan flag at city hall to mark the occasion.

St. John's Mayor Andy Wells said he hopes the Chinese government will be 'fed up' with his decision to fly the Tibet flag again. (CBC) Council approved the trip and the flag request.

Wells raised the Tibetan flag — a symbol of independence for expatriates worldwide — in April 1999 on the request of local human rights activists.

The flag was removed after a Chinese trade delegation said it would cancel its trip to Newfoundland.

"I hope that the People's Republic of China is just as fed up and poisoned as they were … when we flew the Tibetan flag then," said Wells.

Wells, who favours independence for Tibet, described China's government as "repulsive and corrupt."

Wells's 1999 protest drew criticism from the Chinese community, as well as from other politicians, including then-premier Brian Tobin, who described Wells as "being a bit of a clown instead of a mayor."

Wells said he is dead serious about his views on China.

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