"Free Tibet" Rally Caps Tibetan Freedom Concert

Rally participants urge Clinton to press for negotiations between China and Tibet.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Several thousand activists, rock stars and

politicians came out to the United States Capitol on Monday to urge

President Clinton to press for negotiations between China and Tibet during

an upcoming visit to Beijing. The rally -- billed as part of the "National

Day of Action for Tibet" -- featured speakers ranging from politicos to

Tibetan monks, and included acoustic performances by R.E.M., former Porno

For Pyros and Jane's Addiction leader Perry Farrell, Radiohead leader Thom

Yorke and Sean Lennon with David Crosby.

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch called the outcome of the Tibetan freedom struggle

"a landmark of where humanity is headed in the future." Tibet has been

occupied by China since 1949.

The rally marked the culmination of the Tibetan Freedom Concert weekend,

which began on Saturday with a two-day, 20-act music festival at RFK Stadium.

"Tibet has such a powerful voice because of it being a nonviolent,

non-antagonistic movement," said Yorke backstage during the rally. "It's

about some of the best things about human beings."

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