The Tibetan Olympic torch relay went through Taipei today with an event at Freedom Square (自由廣場). The crowd chanted "Free Tibet" and "Boycott Beijing Olympics". Miss Tibet 2006 Tsering Chungtak attended the event which attracted a lot of media attention. The event was organised by Taiwan Friends of Tibet. It was wonderful to see the magnificent flag of Tibet flying at Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.
Tsering Chungtak attracted made a brief statement. She said she had a wonderful time in Taiwan and thought it was a very beautiful country and the people were very friendly. The Taipei Times reported that when Tsering Chungtak participated in the Miss Tourism Queen contest in Malaysia last year she withdrew in protest rather than wear a sash reading "Miss Tibet-China". It is a pity more Taiwanese don't show similar principles when forced to use the name "Chinese Taipei" at international events.
The Tibetan Olympics will be held from 15 to 25 May, in Dharamsala, India, where the Tibetan Government-in-exile is based. The Tibetan Olympic torch will visit ten cities on five continents before returning to Dharamsala for the Tibetan Olympics.
*more photos in the Tibetan Olympic torch set at flickr.