the countdown begins

China Tightens Control of Tibetans

“BEIJING (Reuters) – Reincarnations of “living Buddhas” in Tibet which fail to get Chinese government approval are illegal and invalid, China has announced as it tightens control of a region still deemed loyal to the Dalai Lama.

The regulations coincide with reports from an ethnically Tibetan region of the southwestern province of Sichuan that dozens of people had been arrested for using a traditional festival to call for the return of their exiled spiritual leader.

Critics say China continues to repress Tibetans’ religious aspirations, especially their veneration for the Dalai Lama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner whom China denounces as a “separatist”.

But the Dalai Lama is already 72 and some have accused China of delaying holding talks with him, waiting for him to die when they would name a new Dalai Lama of their own, loyal to Beijing….”

Tibetans hold massive rally to shame Olympics host China

“NEW DELHI, Aug 8: Thousands of Tibetans marched through New Delhi on Wednesday, shouting slogans and waving flags in protest against China’s actions in Tibet at the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics.

In one of the biggest rallies by Tibetans in India, about 10,000 Tibetans, including maroon-robed Buddhist monks and women in traditional costumes, bellowed their demands, asking China to prove it was upholding the rights of people living in Tibet.

“The essence of the Olympics is equality, but we do not have equality in Tibet,” said Kalsang Godrukpa, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, the main organiser of the rally.

“China doesn’t deserve the Olympics until Tibet is free,” he told reporters, as protesters marched by wearing yellow baseball caps and waving Tibetan flags and giant posters of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader…”

The Dalai Lama calls on Tibetans to end hunger strike: Day 31

“New Delhi, August 7: In a letter (Original in Tibetan) addressed to “the Fourteen patriotic and courageous Tibetans on hunger strike and the organizers” Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has today called on them to discontinue with the Indefinite Hunger Strike going on in New Delhi.

Mr Tempa Tsering, Kalon for Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration today visited the indefinite hunger strikers to convey His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s appeal to immediately end their strike.

14 Tibetans have been on Tibetan Youth Congress led Indefinite Hunger Strike in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi since July 8. Today is their 31st day and are demanding direct response from China for violating the rights of Tibetan people in Tibet…”

The Chinese government does not allow its citizens to access websites that have any references to freedom for Tibet. The number of my readers from China stopped at 30 a long time ago.

Either billions of Chinese think my rants and musings are totally worthless, or it looks like I’ve been banned in China.

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3 thoughts on “the countdown begins

  1. The stance of defying Chinese gov’t seems impossible, because if you defy China you are defying the U.S. as well. We’re so closely economically tied to them that any human rights discussion is seen as an attack on the U.S. economy. Besides who can fight 2 giants? My only hope is that the infobarriers break down within China & the peope start defying the miltant propoganda from within.

  2. Gehlek Rimpoche told us — when speaking about the hunger strike — that China does not listen to protests. While other countries do listen to dissenters, China only tightens the screws.

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