Free Tibet launches boycott campaign
Follow the action live online
Tibet activists are taking action at the AGM of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) right now.
Activists from Free Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet are demonstrating outside the luxurious Intercontinental Park Lane, in central London.
You can follow the action live
, tweet your support and see the latest pictures and video from the demo via our Intercontinental webpages
This activity comes as Free Tibet launches a campaign calling for a boycott of Intercontinental hotels.
The centrepiece of this campaign is a hard-hitting video which contrasts Intercontinental's PR campaign with the reality of life in Lhasa. Watch the video
The campaign also has a dedicated web space and a report
with more information.
Some of you have taken action against Intercontinental before. They ignored us. This time we are calling for a boycott.
You can join the boycott
by sending a message to Richard Solomons, IHG chief executive, today.
You can also help by sharing the video
and webpages or by forwarding this email to your friends.
Intercontinental Hotels Group plans to open a new 1,000+ room luxury hotel in Lhasa next year; the Intercontinental Resort Lhasa Paradise
Lhasa is not a playground for the rich: it is the beleaguered capital of an oppressed and occupied nation. The presence of an upscale multinational brand such as Intercontinental gifts priceless PR to the Chinese regime which is responsible for gross human rights abuses throughout Tibet. IHG’s marketing portrays Lhasa as a paradise and trades on images of an ancient Tibetan culture which in reality is being systematically destroyed by China.
More than 90% of visitors to Tibet are Chinese. The hotel’s rooms will be occupied by wealthy Chinese friends of the Communist regime or by its highly paid or highly bribed officials: its business facilities will depend on use by the regime and its cronies. At worst, this hotel could be where the further oppression of the Tibetan people is actually facilitated. IHG and China will take the profit: Tibetans will wash the dishes.
Intercontinental Hotels are parasites in their so-called paradise.