Symbolic Support for Tibet Skip to content

Symbolic Support for Tibet

The Olympic torch will pass through Lhasa, the capital of Tibet on Saturday. In response. the Icelandic interest group, “The Friends of Tibet” is going to walk with a torch from the Chinese embassy on the west side of Reykjavík to the Icelandic governmental seat in the city center.

According to a pressrelease from the Friends of Tibet, the walk with the torch is a part of an international event taking place all over the world today. “We will carry an Olympic torch, which is supposed to signify unity and peace, but has unfortunately become a symbol of tyranny and conflict because of how the Chinese have abused [the Olympic torch]. For example in May, when the torch went to Mount Everest, Chinese authorities were afraid of protests so the border between Nepal and Tibet were closed and all trade shut down. That has caused famine in the area, because many Tibetans and Nepalese base their livelihood on trade”, state the Friends of Tibet on

The organization encourages the Chinese authorities to allow the international media access to Tibet.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article