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Human Rights Torch For China Relays to Slovak

Posted by Author on September 14, 2007

Press release, HumanRightsTorch.Org, September 13,2007-

BRATISLAVA — Human Rights Torch Relay, lit up in Athenes on 9th. august 2007, will come to slovak capital, Bratislava.  It`s its 7th stop on a journey through more than 25 countries and more than 100 cities of Europe, Asia, both American continents and Australia.  The main goal is the call to improve the situation of human rights in China with motto “Olympics and crimes against humanity can’t coexist in China at the same time.”

The Relay will come to Bratislava on the Hlavné námestie (Main Square) on Friday, 14th of September, where at 10:00 am the main ceremonial, passing of the torch to slovak V.I.P`s-runners will happen.

Runners will pass a symbolic length along the Danube river under the Devín castle. After 10 km, the Torch will finish near the Memorial of the communist regime victims, where it will be passed to the representative of Switzerland, where the Torch Relay will continue.

The following speakers will give their speaches on during the ceremony:

* Peter Osusky, vice-chairman of the Slovak Olympics Committee and vice-chancellor of the Comenius University in Bratislava
* Pavel Petrik, chairman of the Green Party
* Peter Tatar, chairman of the Civic Conservative Party
* Ladislav Svihran, anti-totalitarian writer
* Dorota Nvotova, slovak singer
* and others

From 7.pm, several music bands supporting the Torch Realy will perform on the Main Square: O.B.D., Smola a hrušky, Hvozd, Sako, Cliche and Vetroplach.

Human Rights Torch Relay is organized by CIPFG (Coalition to Investigate the Persecution on Falun Gong). The goal of the coalition is to unite all interested parties to conduct a thorough and independent investigation, to uncover the truth about the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong, in particular the harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, in secret concentration camps, prisons, labor camps, detention centers, brainwashing centers, psychiatric hospitals, hospitals and all other relevant facilities.

Main contact:
Marek Tatarko, organizer of the Torch Relay in Slovakia
Mobile photo: +421 902 050 420
email: marek.tatarko@nextra.sk

Event schedule:

10:00-11:00 – Official ceremony, speeches, reading of the support declarations. Main Square (Hlavne namestie), Bratislava

11:00 (approx.) – The beginning of the run with the Torch. All VIP’s runners will run together, making one or two circles around the Main Square. Then the Torch will continue towards the destination, while the main VIP’s should stay on the square for media inquiries.

between 12:30 – 13:00 (approx.) – The run will finish in Devin (around 10km from Main Square) near the Memorial of the Communist regime victims. Short speech will be given, then the Torch will be passed to Switzerland

19:00 – 22:00 – Benefit concert to support the Torch Relay. Six bands will perform: O.B.D., Smola a hrušky, Hvozd, Sako, Cliche and Vetroplach.

About the Torch Relay destination in Devinphoto of the memorial

The memorial in Devin (photo right) was built for remembrance of the men and women, who were killed during their run to freedom from the communist regime in Slovakia (Czechoslovakia at that time).  The place is on the confluence of the rivers Dunaj and Morava, near the boundary between Austria and former Czechoslovakia. Many people tried to run to West, attemting to swim through the river.

The inscription on the memorial reads:

Communist regime shooted, with mines and electric wire killed and using other means murdered, during their attempt to run through the “Iron Curtain” on the czechoslovakian boundaries in the years 1948 – 1989:

< followed by the long list of names>

Report from official website of  Human Rights Torch Relay

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