Peace In Tibet

The picture says it all:


AP reports: “Monks storm briefing, accuse China of lying”:

The stage-managed tour of Tibet’s holiest temple was going according to the government script. Suddenly, 30 young Buddhist monks pushed their way in, slammed the door, and began shouting and crying to the foreign reporters that there was no freedom in the riot-torn region.

“What the government is saying is not true,” shouted one monk, first in Tibetan until the confused reporters asked them to speak in Chinese. Then a wellspring of grievances poured out before government officials abruptly ended the session and told the journalists it was “time to go.”

The emotional, 15-minute outburst by the red-robed monks decrying their lack of religious freedom was the only spontaneous moment Thursday in an otherwise tightly controlled government trip to the Tibetan capital for foreign reporters following this month’s deadly riots.

Free Tibet.

*(Chung Sung-jun / Getty Images)

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4 Responses to Peace In Tibet

  1. wired says:

    “””Editor’s note: CNN was denied permission to join the group of reporters to Tibet by China’s foreign ministry””

    CNN was not allowed to Tibet but they still know more than anybody in the world about Tibet ?? Funny!

  2. bjerryberg says:

    The history of Tibet is a little more complicated than than ‘Impeachment is off the table” Hedge Fund manager’s wife Pelosi realizes.

    The Dalai Lama is rather intimately connected to networks than can only be described as Nazi–going way back.

    But the’ not-to-be-impeached fascist-leaning Cheney wants a war with China–so ‘opposition leader’ Pelosi does as she is told.

  3. bjerryberg

    Good gracious… please let’s not even go there. The Dalai Lama is one fo the great men of peace in our times and a reknown spiritual leader – one who I happen to admire deeply.

  4. green bean says:

    China invaded Tibet about quarter of a century ago. But the Chinese government did not neutralize Tibet cuturally and economically, very much letting it be a country within a country. Tibetans must be feeling in a sense, isolated and neglected. Chinese people are not in the blind as the media claimed. With or without broadcast coverage, Tibet is not a priority in their daily life. But of course, making the protests into their evening news certainly raises questions and conversations among Chinese citizens. The Chinese people I’ve talked to are more compromising and willing to put their financial pursuit in front of politics. Chinese people in general are more capitalistic than most people realize, but they just don’t wear the label on their sleeves.

    Monks not civilians started the protests first. How exactly did a peaceful protest turn into a riot is still unknown to most of us.

    Dalai Lama has almost single handedly introduced Tibet to the outside world, putting Tibet in the spotlight on the world stage. The man who loves to preach is honest and sincere. For him to sabotage the Olympic is highly unlikely. Simply because he is incapable of doing so. Tibetans should listen to their spiritual leader “to seek a peaceful and mutually beneficial solution through dialogue”. What are the issues facing Tibetans? What kind of religious freedom are they lacking? Do they want to be independent? Dalai Lama has already stated that he is not a separatist. How many people have been killed? Are there evidences? What human right violations are taking place? How wide spread is the genocide? There is a lot of lost time to catch up on between Chinese officials and Tibetans.

    Olympic is an opportunity to put China on the defensive. But boycott the games hurts the athletes the most. In a world where principles no longer matter, racism tolerable, sexism acceptable, there is no need to drag athletes through the dirt of politics. The triumph of victory and the agony of defeat in the sport of hearts and souls, they earn their place there to compete.

    One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston is one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend it to all the Clinton’s supporters.