"Oh my God. Someone has a gun in front of me. There's a group of about 20 people - two of them have handguns. They are walking the street.They're shooting. They didn't have uniforms, but the way they were in a group I thought maybe they were police. They went down the street and the first one fired, that's for sure - I think the others did; there was so much noise I can't be sure. Then some of the citizens threw stones, but not at them - in the other direction. So I don't know if they were police or maybe Tibetans.
"I have just been out to get my things. We are staying at the hotel tonight. There are still people on the streets but only Tibetans - if they see anyone
Chinese they throw stones.
"Three times people raised their arms and then when they saw I was white they stopped it. The thing that surprised me most was that I saw no police or soldiers.
"I saw three people assaulting a man - I was 50 metres away, but I think he was Chinese. They kicked him and then one man had a knife and used it. He was lying on the floor and the man put the knife in his back, like he wanted to see he was dead.
Over 1.2 million Tibetans have died as a direct result of the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. Today, it is hard to come across a Tibetan family that has not had at least one member imprisoned or killed by the Chinese regime. According to Jigme Ngabo, "after the suppressions of 1959 and 1969, almost every family in Tibet has been affected in some way". These facts speak volumes about the "democratic reform" China claims to have brought to the "dark, feudal exploitative society" of Tibet.
Chinese now outnumber Tibetans in Tibet by 2-1. Monasteries and their contents are destroyed and thousands of people are imprisoned or killed. China has involved itself in Buddhism by choosing the heir to the Lama. US policy towards Chinese destruction of Tibet has been dangerously weak.
In one of its most brazen religious assaults against Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese officials in November named a 6-year-old, Gyaicain Norbu, as the reincarnation of Tibet's second-holiest monk, the 10th Panchen Lama, who died in January 1989.
The move directly challenged the Dalai Lama, who in May had selected another 6-year-old boy, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, as the new Panchen Lama. The act is the rough equivalent of the Chinese government leadership's choosing the next pope to head the Catholic church.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Someone should step up and demand a climbing and trekking boycott.
Chinese diplomats in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu are tracking down and trying to silence hundreds of Western climbers and Sherpas who witnessed the killing of Tibetan refugees on the Nangpa La mountain pass last week.
An American climber, who asked not to be identified, told of his revulsion at the failure of other climbers to speak out.
"Did it make anyone turn away and go home? Not one," he said. "People are climbing right in front of you to escape persecution while you are trying to climb a mountain. It's insane."
It was during this excitement that a plain-clothed police officer, mistaken for a Chinese consulate security officer, was set upon by the protesters, sparking a running fight with police who were steadily arriving in greater numbers.
The Asian officer was spat on, pushed and shoved and hit on the head with protest signs as he retreated to a car while firing capsicum spray back at his attackers.
Other officers drew their batons as they struggled with protesters, arresting four.
Three more were taken into custody during a 25-minute sit-in on the street outside the consulate that followed soon after the running melee.
The group eventually dispersed to a nearby park after talks with police.
Protester Lobsang Lungtok said emotions among the group were high because of the deaths in Tibet.
The protesters turned on the Asian police officer "because they thought he was from the Chinese Consulate", Mr Lungtok said.
"We didn't know he was one of the police."
Originally posted by jmdewey60
We should, at the very least, do our part to not tune into the tv coverage of the Olympics.