Tibet: China’s Bane

by Ryan on March 15, 2008

in Anything Else,Culture,Politics

New violence this week in Tibet reminds the world what a repressive place China remains.  China says ten people have died, the Dalai Lama’s people say 30, with hundreds under arrest for protesting 49 years of Chinese repression on the anniversary of China’s brutal crackdown and the political exile of the Dalai Lama.  In this matter I think I’m going to believe the Dalai Lama’s numbers.  Remember Tiananmen Square: the Goddess of Democracy, the student hunger strike during Gorbachev’s visit, and that iconic hero in front of the Chinese tank?  Well, most Chinese kids born afterwards don’t know a thing about it.  I was 12 years old back then and I will never forget how China responded to freedom’s march.

Of course, this latest round of protests are supposed to embarrass the Chinese government at a time when the world is watching. I believe that the world should be watching these events in Tibet and see it as typical Chinese government behavior.  

Brave countries trying to make a point would boycott (or at least vocally threaten to boycott) the Beijing Olympics this summer for a host of reasons: not just the blatant human rights abuses, political repression, religious animous, but also our tree-hugging friends should be outraged as well with China’s obnoxious pollution, which to many of them far outweighs the other issues.  It’s increasingly obvious that Beijing is trying to pull a Berlin in 1936: everything’s fine, we’re a good clean country, and we’ll smile at the world’s acquiescence while continuing to plot mischief behind the scenes. 

AP photo from yesterday.

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Chris March 15, 2008 at 1:57 pm

From the moment that Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Olympics, I was vehemetly against that decision. The IOC is unfortunately awarding China for its many ills of the past. I too remember at 10 watching the news coverage Tiananmen Square and know of many who were affected by the repression of the Chinese government, not only from that event but from others in ChiCom History. Many of my students do not even know what happened in Tiananmen Square back in 1989!

I’m pretty sure I won’t be watching as the propaganda displayed by the Chinese will defintely rival that of Berlin 1936…we’ll see if the Tibet protestors and Falun Gong supporters are brave enough to publically come out of the woodwork during the Olympics and it will be interesting to see China’s reaction as the world will be watching.

Let us not forget that China is exempt from the Kyoto Protocol.


Lunch Admin. April 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm

I’ll be urging all of the sports bars in my neighborhood to boycott the Beijing Olympics. Turn the plasma screens to Seinfeld reruns!

Gotta start local to keep it real.


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