Tibetan Freedom Torch Relay

The Tibetan Freedom Torch was launched in Olympia, Greece on March 10 and has been traveling the world since then. This Saturday several hundred Minnesotans are expected to turn out as the torch reaches the Twin Cities.

The event kicks off at the State Capitol at 10 a.m. when Tyrone Terrill, director of the City of St. Paul’s Department of Human Rights, will speak briefly, followed by a moment of silence for Tibetans who have lost their lives in peaceful protest, as well as those affected by recent natural disasters in China and Burma. After opening ceremonies the torch will travel down University Avenue to the Tibetan Community Cultural Center (1096 Raymond Ave., St. Paul). There, Congressman Keith Ellison and Edmund Liu of China Democracy Movement will give opening remarks, followed by live music and cultural performances. The event closes with a fire puja, a ceremony welcoming peace. The torch is scheduled to travel to 50 cities, ending in Tibet on August 8th; the start date for the Beijing Olympics. For more info on the torch, click here.