Tibet support torch on
Suur Munamägi, Estonia
May 17th, 2008
On Saturday, May 17th, 2008 over a hundred people gathered to Suur
Munamägi hill, the highest point in the Baltics, where a red smoke
signal lit at the top of the viewing tower expressed solidarity with
Tibet. The event formed a part of an international ten day campaign that
commenced on May 11th, when mountaineers over the world ignited red
smoke torches on numerous mountain tops in protest against the violation
of human rights and Chinese repression in Tibet. More than 150 summits
were involved: in the Alps, Pyrenees, Norway, USA, Mexico, etc.
At noon the Tibet support flame was ignited at the foot of Suur
Munamägi. Mr. Alar Sikk, the first Estonian to climb Mt. Everest,
carried the torch up to the hill. On the summit in front of the tower
the meeting began with a moment of silence commemorating the victims of
the recent Sichuan earthquake as well as those who lost their lives in
the protests and riots in Tibet. Mr. Laur Järv (Estonian-Tibetan Cultural
Society) described the current situation in Tibet after the brutal
clampdown of protests in March and conveyed thanks from Mr. Lodi Gyari
(the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) for Estonian support.
Then Mr. Valdur Lahtvee (Tibet support group in the Parliament of
Estonia), Mr. Märt Läänemets (Estonian Institute of Buddhism), and Mr. Jüvä
Sullõv (Võrumaa) delivered short speeches. One of the main ideas
expressed was that due to similar recent history we can understand the
situation of Tibet well, and also that when Tibet is free, the world
will be free.
While Seto male voices were singing in front of the tower, a young
Estonian mountaineer, accompanied by a member of the Tibetan cultural
society, took the flame up to the tower where they ignited the red smoke
signal. Those around the tower chanted together "Free Tibet!"
successively in Estonian, Võro (South Estonian), Seto (South East
Estonian), Latvian, Russian, English, Maltese, Polish, Tibetan, and
Chinese. The resounding wish drove away the sudden gust of rain and soon the
came out bright. The second half of the event began with the speech by
Roy Strider (Freedom for Tibet! activist and The Flowers of Romance guitar
player). A concert by the rock group The Flowers of Romance followed.
The group will be also performing in Dharamsala,
India on May 25th at the Tibetan Olympics.
After the event when participants headed back home an auspicious play of
rainbows appeared, a good omen for the effort.
Estonian support torch for Tibet in international press:
Picture galleries: Photos 1,
The Sad Smoky Mountains.
The Flowers of Romance will
perform at the concluding concert of Tibetan Olympics
in Dharamsala on May 25th, 2008.
Suur Munamägi is
the highest peak in the Baltics
Estonian-Tibetan Cultural Society.
support group in the Parliament of Estonia.
Estonian Institute of Buddhism.
Freedom for Tibet! movement.
Alar Sikk hiking club.
Laur Järv (Estonian-Tibetan Cultural Society) +37253416324, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roy Strider (Freedom for Tibet!) +3725524138.
May 21th, 2008.