“Tibet, one of the happiest lands on the Earth, has been traditionally ruled by the Dalai Lamas, the highest institution of reincarnation in the whole of Central Asia. It was always an independent, peaceful state until the invasion by the People’s Liberation Army of China in 1949. But to the outside world, Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, was always a Forbidden City. “For many Tibetans material life was hard, but they were not the victims of desire; and in simplicity and poverty among our mountains, perhaps there was more peace of mind than there is in most of the cities of the world,”
Dalai Lama , My Land and My People.
Please sign two petitions concerning the Chinese occupation of Tibet .
Petitions to End repression in Tibet : http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/1486
Tell Intercontinental to get out of Tibet :
Please scroll down for further information concerning these petitions and the situation in Tibet
The First petition
The following is information that arrived recently in my e-mail box from the charity Free Tibet, please read and click the first link above or the link included in the message below to sign the petition
“Chinese forces open fire in Tibet
Monk is shot in the head following Dalai Lama prayer ceremony
A Tibetan monk was shot in the head and around six others received gunshot wounds last Saturday when Chinese security forces opened fire on Tibetans who were trying to mark the Dalai Lama’s birthday.
Several hundred people from Tawu, including monks and nuns, gathered on the sacred Machen Pomra mountain, to offer prayers; as they do every year.
Chinese security forces were waiting for them. The Tibetans were prevented from reaching the incense offering stage on the top. Many turned back and went to another part of the mountain to offer prayers; as they had been forced to do last year.
At some point, security forces fired at the unarmed crowd. It is still unclear why.
At least two people were critically injured including Tashi Sonam, a monk from Nyatso monastery, who was shot in the head. He is currently in hospital.
Tear gas and rubber bullets were also fired into the crowd, injuring several others.
Among the injured was Jangchup Dorjee (pictured), a monk and brother of Palden Choetso, a nun who set herself on fire in November 2011.
On the night of 6 July, 17 people were reportedly arrested. The abbot of Nyatso monastery and other senior monks went to the detention centre to appeal for the release of the individuals who had been detained. It seems that the authorities released those who had been arrested.
Take action for Tibet
This latest incident is part of the Chinese government’s increasing efforts to crush Tibet and Tibetan culture.
These policies fuel Tibetans’ anger and create a cycle of protest and further oppression.
Please sign our petition calling for an end to repression in Tibet. http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/1486
Tibet is an occupied country, for fifty years it has been under the oppressive rule of china. The history of this is a huge and complex topic about which you can find more information in the following websites:
Those of us who take an interest in world affairs and social justice and anyone who is a traveller or a travel reader interested in the culture of Himalayan countries will of course be familiar with the situation in Tibet, which still today by and large the world ignores.Though concerned with so-called “liberation” in the middle east, most noteably Iraq, no country it seems officially supports freedom for Tibet, none openly oppose the occupation by china. This is clearly the case with regards to the UK government. In January of this year I wrote to the foreign secretary concerning the self-immolations by Tibetans, mostly young monks and nuns, and other issues. Yes you do get responses so it is always worth writing letters or e-mail and signing petitions such as those above. In response I received a letter from a representative of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office China department. Although it was stated that the government are” very concerned about the human rights situation in Tibet” The UK governments position regarding Tibet was made clear: ” Our position on Tibet is clear and longstanding: we regard Tibet as part of the People’s Republic of China.”
Despite the lack of international support the people of Tibet continue to hope that one day they will be free from the tyranny of Chinese rule.
Often so little is reported in the mainstream media, but make no mistake the struggle for a free Tibet continues.
The most recent incident we know about concerns the shooting of a gathering of monks mentioned above.
On 6th July the exiled leader of Tibet the Dalai Lama celebrated is 78 birthday. It was while celebrating this ceremony that Tibetan monks were shot by police as they gathered at a sacred mountain in an area of south-western occupied Tibet.
You can read more in the Guardian:
The second petition concerns the opening of a hotel in Lhasa the capital of Tibet by the Intercontinental Hotel chain. The Hotel chain is the largest in the world with profits of over £400,000 000 for the last year.
To open this hotel for the sole purpose of profit in an occupied country is outrageously unethical to the extreme. To support the regime of a suppressive and brutal occupation can be described in no other way. The Tibetan people will not receive any benefit whatsoever.
Watch this powerful video which explains the situation
Tell intercontinental to get out of Tibet
Join the boycot by sending a message to Richard Solomons, IHG chief executive, today.
“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.”
Please sign both petitions the Tibetan people need your support
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