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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