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365 project -- 055 - Free Tibet Protester | by Atomox
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365 project -- 055 - Free Tibet Protester

365 Day Photo Project — Day 55, Feb 23rd, 2012. Yesterday I spent my lunch hour photographing a protest to Free Tibet, observed on the Tibetan New Year. It started across from the UN on 1st Ave, and went past Grand Central (on 42nd) before I left them. This was one of the men leading the procession. As we walked down the streets, protestors (mostly Asian) chanted against China, over and over. They carried a procession of what looked like flag-covered coffins, likely close to 20 in all. All the while, the police blocked off intersections as we passed. I was in a state of frenzied glee, as I ran ahead, constantly snapping my shutter, unable to stop shooting. As I did so, one of the men looked me sincerely in the eyes, and say "Thank You." It really is important to help them get their message to the public. I'm sure we all know, but so quickly forget about the issue of Tibet. It was a really wonderful moment, and after leaving the march, it took me at least an hour to settle down after I was back at my desk.

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Taken on February 22, 2012