27 November, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile

mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato

e-mail this to a friend printable version

» 08/07/2008
Tibetans involved in non-stop protests but Dalai Lama sends his best wishes for Olympics
by Nirmala Carvalho
Thousands meet for a series of initiatives. Many are still concerned that nothing may change. Indian police detain 56 Tibetans who wanted to cross the border. Dalai Lama sends his prayers and wishes for the success of the Olympics, a great event for China.

Dharamsala (AsiaNews) – Thousands of Tibetans are gathering in Dharamsala to protest against repression in Tibet, whilst the Dalai sends his good wishes for the success of the Olympics.

“In Dharamsala, the heart of Tibetan freedom movement in exile, all protestors are wearing black head bands and some are dressed up entirely in black clothes to show their solidarity to Tibetans inside Tibet,” Tenzin Choedon, from the group Students for a Free Tibet, told AsiaNews.

Four NGO's, the Tibetan Women's Association, the GuChuSum Ex-Political Prisoner's Movement of Tibet, the National Democratic Party of Tibet, and Students for a Free Tibet (India), are organising the protest,” he added. They are “working actively to restore the rights of the Tibetan people under international law to determine their own political, economic, social, religious and cultural status.”

Such groups are expected to continue their protest throughout the Games, and protests will take on many forms.

Penpa Tsering, a member of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, said that six Tibetans have been on an unlimited hunger strike which prompted Indian authorities to forcibly take them to a hospital and feed them. They were however quickly replaced by six other young Tibetans.

“The situation in Tibet is getting worse. Repression is not abating; the religious re-education campaign is gaining steam; talks (between China and a delegation representing the Dalai Lama) are going no where,” he said.

“It’s so distressing to see that we are unable to change anything. For this reason there are extreme actions like the hunger strike. This is why they (hunger strikers) resisted the police officers who took them to hospital; why they shouted that they wanted their freedom.”

“Our protest is not against the Chinese population but against their leaders. Now that China is becoming a world power, we are hoping that it will see human rights and religious freedom as indispensable to being a great power,” he added.

“Tomorrow during the inauguration ceremony, world leaders should tell China to be a ‘responsible power’ and insist on solving issues like the Tibetan question.”

In the meantime India wants to avoid incidents with Beijing. It thus took into custody 56 Tibetan exiles last Sunday, including several monks and nuns, who were attempting to cross the border into China.

Social activist Tensin Tsundue was among them. On Sunday morning he had spoken to AsiaNews saying he could not give details because his “phones were tapped.

Although some Tibetan groups want political independence for their country, the Dalai Lama only wants greater autonomy and respect for Tibet’s religion and culture.

Yesterday he also reiterated his support for the Beijing Olympics.

“This is a moment of great pride for the 1.3 billion Chinese people. These Games should contribute to promoting the Olympic spirit of friendship, openness and peace,” the Tibetan government-in-exile website quoted him as saying.

“I send my prayers and good wishes for the success of this event,” he also said.

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
03/08/2010 CHINA – TIBET
Beijing openly claims the right to choose the next Dalai Lama
09/06/2007 INDIA – TIBET
Tibetan exiles slam absurd and cruel reincarnation law
by Nirmala Carvalho
09/25/2007 CHINA – TIBET – GERMANY
Young Tibetan exiles plan pro-Dalai Lama Ads during the Beijing Olympics
by Nirmala Carvalho
06/25/2009 TIBET – CHINA
Chinese mining causing environmental disasters in Tibet
by Nirmala Carvalho
04/09/2008 TIBET – INDIA – CHINA
Tibetan exiles’ “return march’ reaches New Delhi
by Nirmala Carvalho
Was China truly ready for the Olympics?
Olympic flop for Beijing’s hospitality industry
Harsh economic winter to follow Olympics
Underground Catholics defy police ban, celebrate mass with their bishop
Beijing, religious freedom according to the Olympics
Lot of criticism and many tears after China’s top champion Liu Xiang pulls out
Hong Kong bishop Tong in Beijing for Games, without meeting city's bishop
“We pray for the success of the Games” and for the dream of a better world
World leaders welcomed to Beijing. Silence on human rights and terrorist threats
Olympics: an entire village arrested for protesting against pollution
Chinese Olympic titan looks to sky, fearing rain
"Free Tibet" banner raised in Beijing: four foreign tourists arrested
Pope: May China open itself to the Gospel
The Olympic torch arrives in Beijing, amid tight security and expropriations
Benedict XVI's wishes for Beijing and the Olympics
Pope: best wishes for Beijing Games; remembrance of Paul VI
Chinese activists to Bush and Sarkozy: Don't forget us at the Games
Wanted: Olympic athletes to remember Tibet in Beijing
The China that says "no" to the Olympics
Beijing ready for Olympics of suspicion and silence
In Qindao, Olympic regatta threatened by algae invasion
For the Olympics, prohibited to protest or speak with foreign journalists
Tibet reopens to foreign tourism, with restrictions for journalists and tourists
Olympic torch in Tibet, but only "for a day". Tibetans arrested in India
Fireworks banned in Beijing during Olympics
Olympics, bishop of Hong Kong invited to inaugural ceremony
Heroes of Tiananmen still in prison
Chinese migrants in heavy debt after having worked on the Olympic dream
Three billion dollars a year from China for the genocide in Darfur

Editor's choices
Paris Massacre highlights the failure of Muslim integration in Europe
by Catherine FieldThe attack in the heart of France highlights the crisis of Europe’s model of coexistence. Social unrest, poverty and marginalisation feed youth extremism and radicalisation. A New Zealander journalist, expert on expertise in religion and interfaith dialogue, talks about it after undertaking a journey through the French Muslim world.
For Nîmes imam, Islam should not be held hostage by extremists
by Hochine DrouicheFrench imams condemn the Paris terrorist attacks and disassociate themselves from violence committed in "the name of our religion." At the same time, they ask Muslim communities to dare leading a life of dialogue and friendship with Europeans, without fear or arrogance. For centuries, Muslims have ruled out reason from their religious life. The vice president of French imams bears witness.
AsiaNews marks 12 years: Persecution and hope
by Bernardo CervelleraDespite a worldwide increase of ignorance, indifference and superficiality, many signs of love and hope resist even in the most gloomy situations: the Iraqi mother who gives birth to her child in a refugee camp and smiles even though she has nothing; the Indonesian Muslim mother who blesses her son who became a Christian and a priest; the Chinese Christian families that welcome children thrown away because of the one-child law.


Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.