With China’s Premier surrounded by sycophantic UK businessmen and government officials, waving Chinese flags and salivating at the thought of trade deals, to mark his visit Tibetans and their supporters have organized a protest outside the palatial opulence of London’s appropriately named Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which will be hosting Wen Jiabao.
Further demonstrations were arranged opposite Downing Street, although the BBC largely ignored reference to Tibet or such protests in its coverage, to expose a number of major concerns resulting from China’s occupation of Tibet, notably the ongoing military lockdown and oppression visited by China’s ‘security’ forces, upon Kirti Monastery, in Amdo Eastern Tibet. In addition folks in the UK have been asked to get involved in a lobbying campaign directed towards British leader, David Cameron, who is to host a UK-China Summit during Wen’s trip.
While recognizing the importance and urgency of the issues given prominence in these protests, it is disappointing to note on this major occasion, with the attendent media exposure, that once again the Tibet movement in Britain has opted to offer not one reference to the struggle being waged by Tibetans for their nation’s independence. In an echo of previous events held in the UK, while public statements and literature rightfullydemand an end to suppression and call for justice and respect for human rights, the very goal Tibetans are striving for is absent!
What, we should ask, would Tibetans inside Tibet feel about such a selective and dilute representation? After all they are fighting for nothing less than independence, and paying a terrible price for such dissent, it would be entirely reasonable of those facing torture to demand Tibet’s national liberation, to question why those with the freedom to speak have chosen to remain silent, on the issue that defines Tibet’s struggle. Surely Tibetans in Britain can support that goal?
If you would like to help ensure that Tibet’s true cause is presented to the British Prime Minister’s Office please post the following question:
Dear David Cameron
I/we urge your office to recognize that within international law that Tibet is an independent nation under illegal occupation, and that Tibetans, being a distinct people. retain the right to (at the very least) self-determination. Will you also acknowledge that Tibetans inside Tibet, in their ongoing resistance to Chinese occupation, are demanding independence for Tibet?