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Yet another flag flap: Tibetan colours to fly over St. John's, Newfoundland

September 20, 2007

National Post
September 19, 2007

Eight years after he provoked an international incident by raising the
Tibetan flag at City Hall, St. John’s Mayor Andy Wells will fly the flag
of Tibet again next month when the Dalai Lama visits Canada, CanWest
News Service reports.

In 1999, Wells flew the flag to protest China’s 50-year occupation
of Tibet. That happened on the eve of a visit to the province by China’s
premier, and Wells only took it down when the Chinese delegation, in
Canada on a trade mission, threatened to cancel the trip. The Canadian
government was forced to apologize for the incident.

At the time, Wells said it was just a small protest “to remind the
Canadian government that not all Canadians support shameless pandering
to China.”

As for this latest flag dispute, Wells is unrepentant about his
disdain for China’s record on human rights and his support for Tibet’s
independence.

“I’ve always been very offended by the government of the so-called
People’s Republic of China. It’s not the people’s republic — it’s the
Communist Party government of China. They’re nothing but a bunch of
gangsters,” he said Tuesday.

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