Relay Gains Momentum as Beijing Torch is Exposed as a Symbol of Oppression
Since the Human Rights Torch Relay began March 29 in the United States, numerous government leaders and Olympic athletes, faith-based organizations, and other groups have warmly received its arrival in major cities, including San Jose, San Francisco, Boston, Providence, R.I., Washington, D.C., and Denver. These events contrast sharply with the Beijing torch relay, which has sparked outrage at the Chinese government’s crackdown on dissidents.
Spokane’s Human Rights Torch will consist of a rally at the Vietnam Memorial at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 3, followed by a peaceful walk along the Centennial Trail to the Unity House at Gonzaga University. This local connection is sponsored by Gonzaga’s Unity House Multicultural Education Center, the Kaleidoscope Project, and the Gonzaga Student Body Association.
The Human Rights Torch Relay is a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness of the Chinese government’s actions prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The HRTR will eventually span six continents, 40 countries and an estimated 150 cities — including 43 U.S. cities — to raise awareness.
HRTR is the only torch relay providing a platform for all groups to voice their concerns about these issues.
For more information or for the latest news about the HRTR visi its Web site. For more information about the Gonzaga event, contact Heather Meng at (509) 323-6541 or via e-mail; or Anna Gonzales at 323-4105 or via e-mail.