One of the mascots chosen by the Chinese government to promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics has defected, with the help of activists from the group Students for a Free Tibet.
The mascot, a cartoon antelope known as Ying-Ying, or Ying-say, was seen in a press conference today charging the Chinese government with ongoing human rights abuses and oppression of the Tibetan people.
This comes as the Chinese Consul General prepares for his first ever visit to Portland later on tonight. He’ll be at the opening ceremony
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Kalayan Mendoza, with Students for a Free Tibet:
The Chinese Consul General will be appearing at the Willamette Falls Ballroom at Portland State University at 7:30 this evening. KBOO has not been informed of any protests planned for the event, although there will be a free tibet protest tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
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