Scene: Toronto's Tibetan Community Protests 'Chinese propaganda event'
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Scene: Toronto’s Tibetan Community Protests ‘Chinese propaganda event’

At the TIFF Bell Lightbox, demonstrators railed against an exhibition they say paints a rosy picture of the situation in Tibet.

WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox

WHEN: Tuesday, November 4

WHAT: Members of Toronto’s Tibetan community gathered outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox Tuesday evening to protest the film and live performance series Glorious Tibet—part of Canada China Tibetan Culture Week—which protesters argue is less a cultural showcase than a Chinese propaganda campaign. Attending the demonstration was Urgyen Badheytsang, the national director of Students for a Free Tibet Canada, who called the event China’s attempt “to paint a clean picture of the critical situation in Tibet.” He called on TIFF and sponsors of the exhibition to cancel further shows. A number of high-ranking Chinese government officials were in attendance at last night’s debut screening, including representatives from the Chinese Consulate in Toronto. They declined to comment.

Photos by Lodoe-Laura Haines-Wangda/Torontoist