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Tibetan/Political Rally in Taiwan
Posted By: Pentaxtic, 03-20-2008, 03:25 AM

A first time experience. I went to a Free Tibet rally but it was incorporated with the Presidential Election which is this saturday March 22 2008. I was in the midst of other journalists from other countries covering the election. Yup! Me with the K10d with these Canonites and Nikonians. I was very close to the speakers but I wish I had a telephoto like the other guys. Still, I think I did pretty well and got some good pics.
























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03-20-2008, 03:35 AM   #2
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Nice work Pentaxtic!

Free Tibet!

Boycott the Chinese Olympics!
03-20-2008, 03:37 AM   #3
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Great post. Love the spirit and the shots.

p.s. I am heading to Taipei Friday week
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Great pictures, be safe.

I listened to an interesting interview last night regarding the situation. During this interview, a woman from Taiwan expressed concern that she is believes that a similar political movement could spill over to Taiwan.

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As much as I would love to agree to boycott the Olympics in China (I am sure it will happen), I DO NOT AGREE. Simply because it happens that China is the host country and there are so many olympians who have worked ever so hard to get there. Remember the Moscow olympics???!!

I will however boycott products AND companies who make their products in China...but unfortunately, there would be nothing to buy then.

Back on subject.

Pentaxtic, could you link or post bigger images PLEASE.
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I will however boycott products AND companies who make their products in China...but unfortunately, there would be nothing to buy then
Tried not to but had to laugh.

I dont really know much of the politics going on over there but enough to know that China has been opressing Tibet for many years. There was an interesting debate on the radio last night about it and it almost seems that the media is goading the Dali Lama into reacting with the go ahead for violence. Seems a bit strange to me given that he and most of his followers are Buddhist.

As far as the olympics go, I would love to see them go ahead, but if a boycott were to take place then i would support it.
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Number 5 looks great to me.

thanks for sharing
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Thanks J.Scott, roentarre, user440 and Pornflake and everyone who has stopped by to look.

To JCSullivan: I have tried to link to the bigger image on Flickr. I don't know how else to make it bigger on Flickr. I normally resize everything to 800px wide on PS and upload to Flickr. Is there another way to make it bigger? My Flickr site is here. Hot models and babes are coming online next week! So check regularly.

Here is some shots tonight at the Chiang Kai Shek/Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. If the KuomingTang KMT party(blue) wins the election they will input the chinese characters for Chiang Kai Shek back on the Front entrance gate. If the (greens) DPP win they will remain the same characters for Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.



"Stop the Han-Chinese population transfer to Tibet"






Save Tibet in English and Chinese.


This is the Freedom Square in Taipei. Previously call "Chiang Kai Shek" in reference to the general of the KMT when they fled China.











The characters in the back says "Sending 24hours of love to Tibet"




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Great photos, thank you for sharing.

My wife has been badgering me to take an extended vacation to Asia. She wants to go to Taiwan (my favorite, er, country to visit in Asia by the way). I've promised her that we'd go next year.

-George
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I will agree with JC, the Olympics should not be boycotted. The athletes have trained for years and for most they will only have one shot. While sports like basketball have pros, the majority of the competitors are amatuer and pay their own way without sponsers and such. They may get a little help in an Olympic year but the rest of the time they are on their own. Four years from now there will be a whole new crop of competitors going for the few openings available. It would be a sad thing to deny them their chance because of politics. Lets not have 1980 all over again.
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Free Tibet!

Boycott China when and where ever possible, do not boycott the Olympics (as someone so wisely suggested that many athletes have worked so hard), but definitely use the stage to embarrass the powers to be in China and encourage change.
We need our governments to get a spine and some integrity and apply pressure on the Chinese to improve their living standards and support basic freedoms and human rights. The Olympic selection comity should never have chosen China as a host. I laugh when I see our pathetic Canadian Government head over on Trade Missions to China. We all need to wake up. You will never access the large potential consumer market that is emerging in China. They will make it and sell it to their own people cheaper and fast than anyone else. They will steal and copyright infringe on everything we send to them to build. All we are doing by dealing with them today is sealing your own manufacturing and retail fates tomorrow. I personally do what ever I can to avoid buying anything made in China (it can be difficult, but is possible in may areas). Rolling Stone Magazine had a great article on Tibet.

As per Pentaxtic photos, it is nice to see someone capture the events. Good Work!
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Agree freeing Tibet, don't agree boycotting Olympics. Is it not already have an effective case for Tibet, I mean giving the opportunity to raise the question in headlines?
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Hey guys,

I have a request for my pictures at nowpublic!

Chinese troops move into Tibet - Photos, Videos and Audio | The News is NowPublic.com
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QuoteOriginally posted by spyglass Quote
Free Tibet!

Boycott China when and where ever possible, do not boycott the Olympics (as someone so wisely suggested that many athletes have worked so hard), but definitely use the stage to embarrass the powers to be in China and encourage change.
We need our governments to get a spine and some integrity and apply pressure on the Chinese to improve their living standards and support basic freedoms and human rights. The Olympic selection comity should never have chosen China as a host. I laugh when I see our pathetic Canadian Government head over on Trade Missions to China. We all need to wake up. You will never access the large potential consumer market that is emerging in China. They will make it and sell it to their own people cheaper and fast than anyone else. They will steal and copyright infringe on everything we send to them to build. All we are doing by dealing with them today is sealing your own manufacturing and retail fates tomorrow. I personally do what ever I can to avoid buying anything made in China (it can be difficult, but is possible in may areas). Rolling Stone Magazine had a great article on Tibet.

As per Pentaxtic photos, it is nice to see someone capture the events. Good Work!
we can encourage change, but what would happen if the communist government in China suddenly collapsed? imagine the mayhem... we can encourage change, but it shouldn't be immediate, it takes time. one of the reasons why the economy has been as good as it has been is because the supply of cheaper chinese goods has kept down inflation. let's not all jump on the blame China bandwagon, every country has done it's share of bad things, it's not like the West have never taken advantage of China before or if the Western nations have always been so "free"
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On the OP subject.

I've taken a look at the images on the linked sites. Since this is not the critique section I will limit my comments.

They are nice shots in the journalistic style but unfortunately many have signs in a language I cannot read and therefore are usless to me. Others are too 'touristic'. Most are 'historical' or 'record' shots.

Personally, if I was doing journalistic-style, I would have gone for facial expressions. But then, that's MY style and probably NOT yours.

There are 2 shots which stick-out:

- monk holding sign and sitting with candles in front (too bad shadow obscures face)
- long shot of sea of candles in front of entrance

All-in-all, thank you for sharing this experience.
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