SFT Vancouver & Victoria Protest Mining Resource Investment Conference

On January 23rd, 2011, a group of approximately 25 Tibetans and Tibetan supporters came together for the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference to stand up against mining companies who are currently active inside of Tibet and to make investors aware about the downsides to supporting the wealth extraction out of Tibet.

Students for a Free Tibet Vancouver and Victoria teamed up to put on the rally which included a few members going inside of the conference to speak directly to Vancouver-based Lara Exploration and delivering a letter on behalf of SFT Canada urging them to immediately withdraw from their operations in Malho Prefecture (Ch: Huangnen Prefecture) in Eastern Tibet (Amdo Region). The company representative said Lara Exploration was looking to sell their Tibetan operations.

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SFT Hong Kong Protests Against China Gold

Demonstrators in Hong Kong this morning (December 3) called on China Gold International Resources (CGIR) to immediately withdraw from Tibet. The protesters, holding banners and the Tibetan national flag, shouted slogans demanding an end to the exploitation of Tibet’s natural mineral resources. The rally started between MTR Central Station Exit A and Exchange Square.

CGIR started trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange earlier this week. The company is reported to have raised HK$2.4 billion ($309 million) to expand and intensify its controversial mining operations in Tibet. Protests have also been staged in Toronto and are planned in Vancouver, where the company is based.

CGIR (formerly Jinshan Inc) has come under fire by Tibet advocacy groups for purchasing the Gyama (Chinese: Jiama) mine operation near Lhasa, Tibet’s capital – a move opposed by Tibetans in the region and abroad.

In 2009, Tibetans in Gyama protested about water contamination and the resettlement of nomads which has resulted from mining operations. Tibetan rights groups are calling on Canadian mining companies and their investors to stay out of occupied Tibet or face increased public pressure.

As the political situation inside Tibet continues to intensify, human rights groups are calling on Hong Kong companies and their investors to steer clear of high-risk business ventures in the country or face increased public and political pressure.

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Day of Action China Against Gold International Resources

Students for a Free Tibet Canada organized a national day of action yesterday, November 29, 2010, calling for the immediate withdrawal of China Gold International Resources from Tibet. China Gold International Resources (formally Jinshan) has come under fire by Tibet advocacy groups for purchasing the Gyama (Chinese: Jiama) mine operation near Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, that is opposed by Tibetans in the region and abroad.

In Toronto, dozens of Tibetans and Tibet supporters protested outside the Toronto Stock Exchange targeting Vancouver-based China Gold International Resources (listed on the TSX as CGG) as the company prepares to start trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx). The company is reported to have raised HK$2.4 billion ($309 million) in a recent IPO on the HKEx to expand and intensify its controversial mining operations in Tibet.
Members of SFT Vancouver also took part in the day of action and delivered signed petitions and a letter from SFT Canada to the head office of China Gold in Vancouver yesterday calling for the immediate withdrawal of operations in Tibet.

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Protest Outside China Gold’s Shareholder’s Meeting

October 14, 2010: Tibetans and supporters protest outside China Gold International Resources Corporation’s meeting of shareholders and executives to finalize the acquisition of a copper mine in Gyama (Ch. Jiama) near Lhasa, Tibet’s capital. Local Tibetans have protested water contamination caused by mining operations in the area. Read more…

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SFT Canada Confronts China Gold at Resource Investment Conference

This past Saturday, SFT Canada organized a protest in downtown Toronto where the Toronto Resource Investment Conference was taking place. China Gold International Resources Corporation (formerly Jinshan Mining) was present at the conference so SFT Canada took action to make sure our voice was heard loud and clear on behalf of the Tibetans inside Tibet.

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Protest Before Continental Minerals Shareholders’ Meeting

Tibetans and their supporters protest in the lead up to Vancouver-based Continental Minerals annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 to intensify pressure on the company to cease mining operations in Chinese-occupied Tibet.

Members of the public were invited to sign letters to the company, calling for its immediate withdraw from Tibet.

Click here to download the letter.
Click here to watch the video from today’s protest.
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Global Day of Action Protesting HDI/Contental

On June 24th, 2009 HDI/Continental Minerals held its Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Tibetans and their supporters worldwide took action to pressure the company to immediately withdraw from Tibet.

VANCOUVER– Tsering Lama, National Director of SFT Canada spoke at the HDI/Continental Minerals’ Annual General Meeting and delivered 1,000 letters signed by people from around the world who oppose the mining operation in Tibet. Tibet supporters also staged a dramatic mock “die”, draping themselves in Tibetan flags to symbolize the devastating consequences mining poses in Chinese-occupied Tibet.

Click here to watch footage of from inside the shareholders meeting.
Click here to read SFT Canada’s Press Release.
Click here to read CTV News coverage.
Click here to watch the CTV News video.

TORONTO– Tibetans and supporters held a dramatic protest against Hunter Dickinson’s subsidiary Continental Minerals in front of the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada. HDI/Continental Minerals is listed on the stock exchange (TSX: KMK).

Click here to watch video from the protest.

DHARAMSALA, INDIA– Tibetans and supporters stage a die-in to protest mining in Tibet by HDI/Continental Minerals. The action was part of the global campaign demanding HDI/Continental Minerals immediately cease mining operations in Tibet.

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Click here to read the press release.

LONDON– Students for a Free Tibet UK delivered a letter to Standard Bank Plc, urging the bank to immediately withdraw financing from HDI/Continental Minerals’ Tibet operation.

Click here to read more on the SFT UK blog.

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HDI/Continental Protested at Hard Assets Conference

On May 4-5, 2009 Tibetans and their supporters protested HDI/Continental Minerals at the Hard Assets Investment Conference in NYC and distributed hundreds of open letters to conference participants and mining company executives.

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SFT Stages "Die-in" at Hunter Dickinson Booth

On March 1, 2009, Seven members of Students for a Free Tibet and local Tibetan students staged a mock die-in at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Mining Convention in Toronto. Targeting the Hunter Dickinson booth, they unfurled a fifteen foot long banner that read “HDI: Stop Mining in Tibet” and handed out flyers to the convention members while chanting “Tibet belongs to Tibetans,” and “Hunter Dickinson: stop mining in Tibet.” Outside, several hundred Tibetans braved the cold and protested at the entrance of the Metro Convention Centre for nearly four hours.

Read the mining press release from the protest here.
Read media coverage of the protest.
Watch the video of the die-in at Hunter Dickinson’s booth.
View pictures on SFT’s flickr account.

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