Image: cellphone images made possible by an extremely brave Tibetan
This is what happened. Yachen Gar, a major Tibetan Buddhist center, the size of a small town was invaded couple years back by Chinese paramilitary. On the orders of China’s regime the bulldozers moved in, centuries old buildings demolished, thousands of monks and nuns homeless. Rounded up by armed Chinese troops they were forced onto convoys of buses, destination prison camps. Held there under a brutal program of political indoctrination, mental and physical abuse, Tibetans whose daily life was dedicated to following the teachings of Buddhism now are forced to renounce their cultural identity. Failure to comply results in beatings, torture and additional years of detention.
Today we read that Tibetan nuns being held at Jomda near Chamdo in occupied Tibet have been beaten to a pulp by Chinese thugs, their supposed crime? Having each and every day being forced to sing songs in Chinese praising Xi Jinping and China’s communist party, followed by hours watching propaganda films on Chinese military campaigns these Tibetans are in psychological trauma. Some breakdown into tears. It was this response, which was seen as disloyalty and dissent against the glorious Chinese government, that resulted in a number of brutal assaults against these Tibetan women. Left unable to walk, barely conscious and seriously bruised they were removed into isolation cells. Following this attack they were informed their detention would be increased, more endless days of misery and indoctrination.
While these atrocities are being inflicted and China wages cultural genocide against Tibetans the political world shrugs, what kind of world are we inhabiting, in which such atrocities are ignored so as to maintain positive relations with China’s terrorist authorities?
“The UK signed an internationally binding legal agreement in 1984 that enshrines the one country two systems rule, enshrines the basic freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and we stand four square behind that agreement, four square behind the people of Hong Kong…There will be serious consequences if that internationally binding legal agreement were not to be honoured.”. (Source BBC TV)
Wonder what his Chinese partner thinks of such a response? Lucia Hunt, born in Xian China we can only presume she has been given clearance by the English security services? Is she perhaps discretely monitored? After all as the case with Huawei has revealed the Chinese regime is actively engaged in a spying and propaganda war, stealing commercial, industrial information, influencing politicians and media.
Not that Jeremy Hunt, his government colleagues or Conservative party are unduly concerned, far too busy appeasing China in the greed-driven scramble to secure deals. Taken the craven and servile policy on China adopted by the Foreign Office (not so different to that of the State Department). Hunt’s assurances on standing with Hong Kong should be taken with an ocean of salt. After all was it not another Conservative government headed then by Margaret Thatcher which betrayed the people of Hong Kong. Having been bullied and dictated to by China into signing a dangerously compromised treaty on the status of the island, they turned their backs upon Hong Kong’s plight. Just as UK governments have consistently done with Tibet.
Since then successive UK authorities have remained largely silent on the increasing erosion of rights supposedly enshrined by the ‘international legal agreement’ on Hong Kong.
The basic truth remains that states such as the UK are preoccupied with maintaining and securing trade arrangements with China, the plight of Tibet, Hong Kong, East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia, Manchuria, and that of Chinese people is of little importance. Their suffering and denial of basic freedoms is responded too with hand-wringing platitudes and cosmetic gestures. With that in mind just what does Jeremy Hunt mean by ‘serious consequences’ and from whom?
All things reach their end and so it is that the Glastonbury Festival in England has concluded, tents are being put away, bags filled, cars prepared for the journey home. Many wonderful memories, good music, new friends, sunshine and solidarity under the sun.
We’ve been very happy to support and report on the activism of our UK colleagues, #teamGlasto4TIBET who did an amazing job raising the Tibetan flag across the event, special shoutout to @goonchild4 @_silverbomber @MrChrisBrand They were very kindly sponsored by a number of our longstanding supporters, who made it possible to supply Tibet Flags, poles and other items. Genuine thanks to @dh_a_heller, @HeyJude408, @JamesDoorley, @ofhominidae.
Appreciation must also go to @tibettruth who were tireless in reporting and networking the action. Respect too for the many Tibet Flag images shared by @anonymzmeduza and @ZerodEgo.
Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Festival it would be a great occasion to see once more the beautiful symbol of Tibet flying.
Donald Trump may be many things to different people, a figure who incites almost unsurmountable arguments for, or against. One aspect of his persona however that must surely be agreed upon by his admirers and critics alike is the recognition that his modus operandi is that of bluster and opportunism. This explains his numerous volte face. His words may appear as drawn from inviolable principle and conviction, as implied by his invective on China’s trade practices and impact on the US economy. Yet this is a man driven by the securement of the deal. As such there’s no consideration of humanitarian ethics operating, only the ambition to maintain or advance profit. In that objective what looked to be uncompromising commitments are like chess pawns, abandoned when their strategic use is exhausted, or circumstance changed.
The latest turn around followed his meeting at the recent G20 Summit with Chinese tyrant Xi Jinping in which he suddenly declared (to the dismay and understandable consternation of the US political and national security establishment) that America was open for business with Huawei, the controversial tech company. This statement runs counter to the genuine concerns expressed by the President’s security advisers, that the considered alarm signalled to the White House regarding the risks to national security by allowing trade with Huawei was nevertheless unceremoniously dumped.
This suggests that Trump’s inflamed and emphatic announcements with respect to that Chinese corporation were little more than calculated rhetoric, his Executive Order blocking US companies from using Huawei‘s technology, an investment posture to be called in for the advancement of wider goals.
Having decided such objectives are now realized, by affirming American corporations can now freely invest in Huawei‘s products and services the President, in his economic calculations, must be satisfied that he has captured trading advantage to the United States, Well only time will reveal the facts on that matter.
Meanwhile, it remains the case that Huawei is deeply embedded with the Chinese regime, and cannot function without its approval. That it covertly serves as a conduit for China’s intelligence services is widely known, while lesser realized is that it has constructed (and actively operates) within occupied lands such as Tibet and East Turkistan a mass-surveillance infrastructure well beyond the nightmarish vision of George Orwell’s 1984. As shown by President Trump’s vacillations on China such factors do not trouble those who value only commercial expansion and furthering economic supremacy!
With a couple of days till the UK’s Glastonbury Festival launches we’re pleased to report that once again friends of Tibet’s cause who run #teamGlasto4Tibet will be there to raise the Tibetan flag across the globally watched event.
Our Twitter team @tibettruth will for the duration of the festival be posting Glastonbury images and updates across social-media. Over the years this has proved a very positive and hepful action to help in increasing exposure of the Tibetan cause to the many who may not be aware of the plight of Tibet’s people, under vicious rule by China.
We hear that yet again @tibettruth over on Twitter found themselves locked out (June 6th) of their account. This happened last August and also during 2015, when for no fault of theirs the account was closed. An appeal was issued and with the help of many friends eventually access was restored, the explanation and apology provided at the time was that:
“Twitter has automated systems that find and remove automated spam accounts in bulk. Unfortunately, it looks like your account got caught up in one of these spam groups by mistake. Your account is now unlocked, sorry for the inconvenience.”
It’s hoped that Twitter support admin will promptly ensure that @tibettruth are allowed free and full access to their account as they do remarkable work for the cause of human rights and national freedom for Tibet and its people.
We’d like to thank @Glasto4TIBET for the wonderful support on this issue.