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A hundred million candles for Tibet's freedom

August 8, 2008

"A Candle for Tibet" organisers hope to see that many participants;
they call on everyone to show a lighted candle, on 7 August, eve of
the start of the Beijing Olympics. This way the world will remember
repression in Tibet.
by Nirmala Carvalho
Asia News (Italy)
August 5, 2008

New Delhi (AsiaNews) -- At least 100 million people from all over the
world are expected to join in a worldwide 'light' protest for a free
Tibet by lighting a candle one day before the opening ceremony of the
Olympic Games in Beijing.

David Califa, a retired private individual with an investment banking
background, from Ramat Hasharon, Israel, launched the campaign "A
Candle for Tibet," which he has financed with his own money.

"A Candle for Tibet" has quickly developed into a global movement
which operates from a multilingual (25 languages, all translated by
volunteers) web site with its own social network. It calls on people
to put a candle in their windows, desks, or anywhere else where other
people will see it and hopefully do the same.

So far more than 500,000 people from well over a hundred countries
have signed in.

Tibetan diva, Yungchen Lhamo, who is recognised as the "Voice of
Tibet," has recently joined the campaign.

The hope is that there will be so many "small" lights on the day
before the start of the Olympics that TV networks will cover the
campaign around the world.

On the next day 8 August letters will be issued to every head of
state in the world reporting how many people from his country wish
Tibet to be free, and demanding that each one of them take concrete
steps for Tibet.

For campaign supporters a light protest symbolises the power of one
person to make a stand for a just cause. It unites millions of people
around the world in an ideal vote regardless of their nationality,
sex, race, political views and religion, bringing hope for change --
especially in countries like Western democracies where leaders are
accountable to public opinion.

For them "every human being who cares about freedom has a
responsibility of lighting a candle. The act of lighting a candle,
being personal and spiritual, is also viewed as a vote. Such massive
vote that world leaders will not be able to ignore."
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