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Terror in Tibet
18. Terror in Tibet
By Terry Reis Kennedy
The Deccan Herald
Unless the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people are addressed,
the situation in Tibet may deteriorate.
Do I really want to go to Beijing in 2008 and celebrate the Olympics in
a country whose government still oppresses Tibetans? At first I wanted
to go, but then I realised it might be dangerous. For instance, because
I write about Tibetan Buddhism and about the people of Tibet I might be
followed, detained and questioned.
It would definitely not be wise to wear my Tibetan rosary around my neck
and certainly not my Tibetan protection amulets blessed by the monks of
Gajang Tsawa monastery. But God help me, if I uttered the words, “His
Holiness the Dalai Lama” — for this I could be arrested. Tibetans are
terrorised every day in their own country.
According to Radio Free Asia, the situation for Tibetans living in their
own country is becoming more and more alarming, rather than more peaceful.
August first was a sunny day in Lithang, eastern Tibet, when 53-year-old
nomad Runggye Adak joined his friends for a horse racing festival. Men
and women, old and young had come from near and far to enjoy some simple
fun. But suddenly the happy atmosphere turned tense and fearful.
Runggye Adak was detained by Chinese police for making a public appeal
for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.
According to sources, Runggye went up to the stage just before an
official function for the annual horse race, a major festival that
attracts thousands of people. Once onstage he offered a traditional
Tibetan white silk blessing scarf to a senior lama of Lithang Monastery.
Next Runggye took up the microphone and said, “The Dalai Lama should
return to Tibet”.
Then Runggye called for the freedom of the Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi
Nyima, currently in Chinese custody in an undisclosed location, and the
release of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche, a senior and respected lama from the
area who is serving a life sentence for alleged, but still unproved,
involvement in bombing offences that occurred more than five years ago.
Suddenly Runggye’s impassioned speech was stopped when police took him
offstage. At this point a group of Tibetans tried to get him released
insisting that he had not committed a crime.
A relative of Runngye’s who lives in exile, said, “When he was speaking
I heard that he stressed that he was not saying anything that is against
the law. For instance, under Chinese law, people are meant to have
religious belief. Everyone in the crowd was shouting their support,
particularly when he asked them whether they agreed that His Holiness
the Dalai Lama should return to Tibet.
“He (Runngye) is a deeply religious man,” the relative said, “and the
views he expressed show the strength of his feelings about the welfare
of the people in Lithang.”
Immediately following his arrest, at least 20 more Tibetans were taken
into custody by the police and further detentions in the area are being
reported. Security has been gunned up with the arrival of police and
military from outside Lithang.
Speaking about the arrest of Runngye, the Special Envoy of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama, Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari said, “Tibetans in Lithang have
taken the lead in attempting to resolve the issue through dialogue with
police and local officials.
A security crackdown is not the answer to such an expression of sincere
sentiment, conveyed in a peaceful manner, and supported by the Tibetan
people present. This event unfortunately reflects our fear that unless
the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people are addressed, the
situation in Tibet may deteriorate.”
Can it really get worse? I, for one, suspect it will.
Articles in this Issue:
- Tibetan Canadian Observer detained in Beijing (SFT)
- One World, One Dream, One Big Human Rights Problem (Der Spiegel)
- Unlucky start to Games countdown (Scotsman)
- Great Wall protest (Vancouver Sun)
- China detains third Canadian, a leader of activist group seeking free
- 3rd Canadian detained by China, student group says (CBC)
- Activists arrested in China (The Province)
- Protesters in action as Beijing gets set for one-year countdown to
- Parents worried after 2 Vancouverites reportedly held in China (CBC)
- Canadians detained in China now leaving country, reports say
- Activists Step Up Criticism of China, One Year Before Beijing
- Beijing Olympics can't avoid political issues (New Zealand Herald)
- China: Human-Rights Pressure Increases As Olympic Countdown Begins
- Thousands of Tibetans march in Indian capital against China's rule
in Tibet (AP)
- Tibetans protest 2008 Beijing Olympics (ANI)
- Tibetans to hold massive rally against Chinese government (IANS)
- Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China (Reuters)
- Terror in Tibet
- Sinopec establishes exploration base in Tibet
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