As world leaders meet at the U.N. General Assembly, New York is also playing host to scores of demonstrations near the UN Headquarters as well as near hotels where leaders are statying.
The Voice of America reports that, "it's a scene repeated every September, when the United Nations General Assembly opens. Demonstrators rally in the blocks around the U.N., and in front of the nearby Waldorf Astoria hotel, where Tibetans protested the arrival of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao"
Following are pictures of groups holding demonstrations near UN Head quarters on Sep 22nd:
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"Falun Dafa," also called Falun Gong — defined by supporters as a spiritual movement that embraces truthfulness, compassion and forbearance, and by the Chinese government as an "evil cult." The Chinese Communist Party banned Falun Gong in 1999, The Vancouver Sun says.
According to VOA news, many demonstrations at this year's General Assembly are in protest of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Inner City Press reporting on the Tamil rally said: "Tamils bussed in from Canada held pictures of bodies charred in the Sri Lankan government's “bloodbath on the beach” of May 2009. They spoke of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's slow to begin panel of experts, hoping that it might expand its mandate and do justice. One hope they aren't holding their breaths."
The Epoch Times reporting on the protests by Tibetans said: “There are lots of human rights violations in Tibet”, said Ngwang Tashi, president of Regional Tibet Youth Congress of NY & NJ. “There is no right even to religious practice, no freedom, no right to express one's own thoughts, not even to keep the picture of the Dalai Lama.”