You would think that a culture and people with direct experience of being oppressed and ruled by a violent and foreign oppressor would possess an immediate and profound sense of empathy and solidarity with others whose national freedom was being brutally denied. Of course such a response indeed exists, yet human nature being what it is there’s always the exception, the thuggish and callous treatment of Palestinians by Israeli forces comes to mind.
Today we read of another example when a Czech politician, in declaring ambitions to support Tibet made the following comment:
“Tibetans are poor people, they are culturally oppressed and it is good that someone should pay attention to this without saying that they should be separated from China, while they themselves do not want this,“ (Emphasis Added) Marek Benda, Civic Democrat Deputy, Reported in Prague Monitor April 16, 2018 Source: http://www.praguemonitor.com/2018/04/16/pr%C3%A1vo-lawmakers-form-group-tibets-friends
This remark is a gross distortion and misrepresentation of the facts, and we wonder how Marek Benda would feel if political figures from beyond his beloved Czech Republic has commented during the German occupation of Prague that:
‘The Czechs are poor people, they are culturally oppressed and it is good that someone should pay attention to this without saying that they should be separated from German rule, while they themselves do not want this,’
The documented evidence, media reports and eye-witness testimony is consistent and clear on the subject of Tibetan protests inside Tibet, the demands of which are Tibetan national freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama. Facts which Marek Benda and his proposed Czech Parliamentary friends of Tibet should be very aware of!