Toronto: - Students for a free Tibet members and Tibet supporters on November 5th, 2013 protested against Intercontinental Hotel Group's plan to partner with China in building luxury hotels in Lhasa, Tibet's capital city.
Activists staged a mock die-in in front of InterContinental Centre in Downtown Toronto, with the image of a dead body under the InterContinental building to portray the human rights crisis in Tibet.
"Intercontinental is putting at risk it's reputation by building on a militarily occupied land, where gross human rights abuses occur on the daily," said Urgyen Badheytsang, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet.
He added, "More than 120 Tibetans have self-immolated in recent years in protest of the occupation of Tibet. The city of Lhasa is dominated by migrated Chinese and adding a luxury hotel in the city will only benefit Chinese where Tibetans are marginalized within their own country. Building this luxury hotel in Lhasa will be added insult to injury for many Tibetans."
Urgyen Badheytsang and Lhamo Kyi from SFT Canada delivered a letter addressed to Alexi Hakim, Manager of InterContinental Centre Toronto through the head of security at InterContinental hotels.