lunes, marzo 31, 2008

Angela Merkel no asistirá a la inauguración de los Juegos Olímpicos.

Ian Traynor in Brussels and Jonathan Watts in Beijing

The Guardian,March 29 2008

This article appeared in the Guardian on Saturday March 29 2008 on p21 of the International section. It was last updated at 00:13 on March 29 2008.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday became the first world leader to decide not to attend the Olympics in Beijing.
As pressure built for concerted western protests to China over the crackdown in Tibet, EU leaders prepared to discuss the crisis for the first time today, amid a rift over whether to boycott the Olympics.
The disclosure that Germany is to stay away from the games' opening ceremonies in August could encourage President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to join in a gesture of defiance and complicate Gordon Brown's determination to attend the Olympics.
Donald Tusk, Poland's prime minister, became the first EU head of government to announce a boycott on Thursday and he was promptly joined by President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic, who had previously promised to travel to Beijing.
"The presence of politicians at the inauguration of the Olympics seems inappropriate," Tusk said. "I do not intend to take part."
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister, confirmed that Merkel was staying away. He added that neither he nor Wolfgang Schäuble, the interior minister responsible for sport, would attend the opening ceremony.Hans-Gert Pöttering, the politician from Merkel's Christian Democratic party who chairs the European parliament, encouraged talk of an Olympic boycott this week and invited the Dalai Lama to address the chamber in Strasbourg, while another senior German Christian Democrat, Ruprecht Polenz, said a boycott should remain on the table.
"I cannot imagine German politicians attending the opening or closing ceremonies [if the Tibetan crackdown continued]," he said. Merkel enraged the Chinese leadership a few months ago by receiving the Dalai Lama in Berlin for private talks.Brown is to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader when he visits Britain in May, but is determined to be in Beijing. "We are fully engaged in supporting the Olympics," said David Miliband, the foreign secretary. "We want to see it as a success, and I think it's right that the prime minister represents us.
"While announcing that German leaders were staying away from Beijing, Steinmeier denied they were boycotting or staging a political protest against the Chinese military and police campaign in Tibet and surrounding areas.While expressing scepticism about a complete boycott, he did not rule one out. "This is not the right moment to talk about a boycott ... We should watch how the Chinese government deals with the situation in the next weeks and months."
If Merkel and others do not attend the opening ceremony, it is likely to reinforce a growing sense in China that the Olympics is being used to vilify the host.China had hoped to use the games to highlight its economic development and growing openness. But it is increasingly proving an opportunity for critics to bash China's one-party political system, human rights abuses, treatment of minorities and tightly controlled media.
The Tibet crisis has been pushed on to the agenda of a meeting of European foreign ministers in Slovenia, with the French, who will be presiding over the EU during the Olympics, calling for a team of European officials to be dispatched to China on a fact-finding mission.
British and US diplomats were among a group of outside officials allowed to travel yesterday to Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, for the first time since the crisis erupted a fortnight ago.
The EU foreign ministers are to discuss the China quandary at lunch in Slovenia today, with calls being made for a common European position."We don't support a boycott and don't intend to boycott the opening of the games," a British Foreign Office spokesman said. "None of the 27 [EU states] are calling for a boycott yet."
The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, has described the boycott proposal as "interesting", while Sarkozy this week hedged his bets and said his attendance depended on China's conduct.

Los deportistas no pueden ser indiferentes

lunes, marzo 24, 2008

Richard Gere en apoyo a la causa tibetana.

Entrevista al Dalai Lama en la BBC

Antorcha de los Derechos Humanos en Argentina.

Conferencia de Prensa:
Martes 25 de marzo, 14 hs, Congreso de la Nación

Llega a Argentina el Relevo Mundial de la Antorcha de los Derechos Humanos

En el marco de la actual represión en Tibet y las persecuciones a Falun Gong y a otros grupos en China, de cara a las Olimpiadas, se anunciará la llegada a Argentina de la Antorcha de los Derechos Humanos en su recorrido mundial y las actividades a realizarse en Buenos Aires y en el interior del país bajo el lema "Las Olimpiadas y los crímenes contra la humanidad no pueden coexistir en China".

Se realizará una declaración conjunta de repudio a las violaciones de los derechos humanos en China, a pocos meses de Beijing 2008.

Estarán presentes diputados nacionales, representantes de organismos nacionales y personalidades, entre ellos Juan Pablo Juárez (campeón mundial de maratón y 13 veces campeón nacional, quien portará la Antorcha de los Derechos Humanos).

Convoca: Diputado Fernando Iglesias

Lugar: Palacio del Congreso de la Nación, sala José Luis Cabezas
Av. Rivadavia 1850.

Fecha y hora: Martes 25 de marzo a las 14 hs.

Disertarán:
- Hon. David Kilgour (Canadá), Parlamentario honorario y ex Secretario de Estado de Canadá, http://www.david-kilgour.com/
- Diputado Nacional Fernando Iglesias

domingo, marzo 23, 2008

Escritores bajo arresto domiciliario.

The Deccan Chronicle
Saturday, 22 March , 2008
Beijing: Tibetan author Tsering Woeser and her Chinese husband and fellow author, Wang Lixiong, have been placed under house arrest in Beijing since the outbreak of anti-Chinese protests in Tibet.
Special: Blood on the Roof of the World
"Whatever movements we plan to make, we must first ask for approval," Wang told the US-sponsored Radio Free Asia. "Only when it's approved by higher-ups can we make a move under surveillance."
He had previously been a focus for Chinese authorities, but now the focus has shifted to his wife, who declined to be interviewed for fear of repercussions.
Tsering Woeser, 40, has written 10 books, including two on China's Cultural Revolution. Most of her work has been banned inside China. Her blog was blocked by authorities last year after she published a photo of the Dalai Lama.
The couple regularly makes contributions to Radio Free Asia's Chinese programme.

viernes, marzo 21, 2008

Porqué Tíbet está hirviendo.

As protests spread beyond Lhasa, The Globe examines the environmental, economic and demographic grievances at the root of the bitter conflict

GEOFFREY YORK
The Globe and Mail
March 21, 2008

More than 100 armed soldiers are camped out in military vehicles in the parking lot of the hotel where Luorang works. His town is locked down, its people trapped inside their homes, ordered to stay off the streets.
But when The Globe and Mail reaches him by telephone, the 35-year-old Tibetan ignores the nearby soldiers and agrees to talk. He is eager to explain why people in his community are angry enough to join the fiercest wave of Tibetan protests in almost 20 years.His words tumble out. He talks of a sacred mountain, holy to the Tibetans, the site of a Tibetan festival, where Chinese mining companies are blasting for gold and silver mines. He talks of the disappearing forests and how there is nothing left for traditional Tibetan medicine. He describes how China prohibited his town from receiving a group of monks from Lhasa last year, and how the monks of his town were banned from travelling to other monasteries.
"If they take away the water and the soil and the resources, how will our people continue to live here?" he asks.
"If our people did not believe in Buddhism, they would have rioted a long time ago. We endured and endured. But now finally it is difficult to endure any more."Luorang's community, an ethnically Tibetan region in Western China, was one of dozens of Tibetan towns that joined the explosion of anti-government protests over the past week.
(The name of his town is not being disclosed to protect him from government reprisals.) When the Buddhist monks of his town rushed onto the streets on March 15, the fate of their holy mountain was one of their biggest grievances.
While the global spotlight was focused on the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, perhaps the most significant and historic development this week was the rapid spread of the protests to the far-flung Tibetan communities of Western China, including the provinces of Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai and Yunnan.
The Chinese authorities admitted yesterday, for the first time, that the protests had swept across a wide swath of ethnically Tibetan districts, far beyond the borders of the official Tibetan region where Lhasa is located.
"One of the most striking things is that we're now hearing of protests in places where we never heard of monks protesting before," said Robert Barnett, a Tibet specialist at Columbia University in New York.
The scale of the uprising, and the violence on both sides, has shocked the world. But for those who were paying attention, the signs of revolt had been visible for months, if not years.While there is little doubt that the Tibetans are aware of the Beijing Olympics, and the potential impact of their demonstrations in an Olympic year, a closer look at their uprising shows that most of their protests were spontaneous, often in reaction to repressive Chinese measures, and usually had their roots in a vast array of local issues, including environmental, economic and demographic grievances."With or without the Olympics, the situation in Tibet is very grave," said Thubten Samphel, a spokesman for the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile.
"The Tibetan people have deep-seated resentments. They feel marginalized and isolated from economic development in Tibet. They feel that they're being reduced to a minority in their own land. They feel very fearful about the survival of their culture and their identity. These are the underlying roots, the sense of despair that they feel. The Olympics may have been a factor, but they were not the major factor.
"Consider, for example, a clash between Chinese security forces and hundreds of ordinary Tibetans in Qinghai province last month, more than two weeks before the latest wave of protests began.
It began, oddly enough, with a balloon seller.On Feb. 21, during a fireworks festival in the town of Tongren in Qinghai province, a Tibetan child tried to buy a balloon from a Chinese vendor. They argued over the price, and the vendor reportedly slapped the child in the face. When an older man began fighting with the balloon seller, the man was allegedly beaten and detained by a Chinese policeman, who was soon surrounded by a crowd of Tibetans.
Hundreds of police reinforcements arrived, violence erupted, stones were hurled, dozens of police and Tibetans were injured, several police vehicles were destroyed and about 200 Tibetans, including monks, were arrested, according to reports last month by Tibetan activist groups and Radio Free Asia.
The next day, several thousand Tibetans marched to the government offices to demand the release of the detainees. The Tibetans chanted "Long Live the Dalai Lama" and pro-independence slogans, until most of the detainees were released."Something as small as a balloon can spark it," said Matt Whitticase, a spokesman for the London-based Free Tibet group. "It shows how frayed the Tibetan feelings are. They feel that they are treated as second-class citizens."
Many analysts say the current wave of protests can be traced back to two key events in 2006: the completion of the new railway to Lhasa, which has brought millions of Chinese tourists and migrants to Tibet, and the appointment of a tough new Communist regional boss, Zhang Qingli, who announced a "life or death" battle against the Dalai Lama.
Mr. Zhang is a member of China's ethnic Han majority, and in an interview in August of 2006, he admitted that he spoke "just a few words" of the Tibetan language. He regarded the Tibetans as children who must be indoctrinated with a love of China, rather than a love of Buddhism.
"Those who do not love their country are not qualified to be human beings," Mr. Zhang said in one interview.
"The Communist Party is like the parent to the Tibetan people, and it is always considerate about what the children need," he said on another occasion. "The Central Party Committee is the real Buddha for Tibetans."Under Mr. Zhang's hard-line rule, Tibetans were forced to endure a near-constant diet of mandatory "patriotic education" sessions, along with a host of other restrictive measures, including bans on religious activity by Tibetan students and officials. Arrests of Tibetan dissidents increased threefold in 2007, compared with the previous year. The crackdown was "extraordinarily vigorous" and triggered massive discontent in Tibet, said Prof. Barnett, the Columbia University scholar.
"There was a whittling down of the Tibetan culture," he said. "There was no security threat from Tibet, so why did China's policies need to turn so hard-line in the past two years? All of this really exacerbated the situation in Tibet.
"The "patriotic education" campaigns, which forced monks to denounce the Dalai Lama and declare allegiance to China, had previously been held once or twice a year. But after Mr. Zhang's arrival, some monasteries began receiving education campaigns for up to 18 days a month. Some monks refused to sign formal statements denouncing the Dalai Lama, and one monk reportedly committed suicide rather than sign the statement.
In July, 2007, China introduced another restriction: a rule that Tibetan lamas were not permitted to reincarnate into "living Buddhas" without government permission. It was a direct attack on one of the pillars of traditional Tibetan Buddhist belief.
The railway, meanwhile, was bringing a huge influx of Han Chinese into Lhasa, turning it increasingly into a Chinese-dominated city. Even in the city's ancient centre, around the sacred Jokhang temple, Chinese shopkeepers and Chinese tourists soon outnumbered the Tibetans. On the roof of the Jokhang temple, Chinese tourists harassed the monks, grabbing them and forcing them to pose for photos. The monks openly told journalists of their dislike of the new railway.
"The Tibetans saw it as a second invasion," said Tsering Wangdu Shakya, a Tibetan scholar at the University of British Columbia."They felt swamped by the Chinese. It was Sinicizing the whole region. Thousands of tourists were pouring in, and prices were going up.
"Beginning last summer, there was a noticeable upsurge in protests by Tibetans across the official Tibetan region and in the broader Tibetan ethnic sphere in Western China.
In one district of Sichuan province, for example, about 300 Tibetan villagers smashed mining equipment and attacked workers in an attempt to halt Chinese mining activities on a sacred Tibetan mountain. As recently as March 6, there was another little-noticed protest in the same district of Sichuan.
When the latest protests began in Lhasa last week, nobody should have been surprised. Indeed, the Lhasa riots may have been sparked by an overreaction from Chinese security forces who were anticipating a protest by the monks on March 10, a frequent date for protests because it is the anniversary of the 1959 uprising against Chinese rule that led the Dalai Lama to flee to India.
Video footage of the March 10 incident, filmed by Chinese security forces and broadcast by the BBC yesterday, shows that it began with a simple sit-down by a group of monks at a Lhasa monastery. Four days later, Lhasa was in flames.
***1. March 10, Llasa: Hundreds of monks march into Tibet's capital to mark the 49th anniversary of a quashed rebellion against communist rule.
- March 12, Lhasa: Thousands of Chinese police fire tear gas at more than 600 monks in street protests.
- March 14, Lhasa: Up to 400 residents and monks attack non-Tibetan businesses and individuals. The Tibetan government in exile has said 80 people died in clashes with security forces. Chinese officials say only 13 died, and were killed by rioters.
2. March 14, Xiahe: Monks rally at one of Tibetan Buddhism's most important monasteries.
3. March 15, Kardze: Police kill three locals during clashes, according to a Tibetan exile group.
4. March 16, Tongren: Demonstrations reported at a monastery.
5. March 16, Machu: Tibetans hurl Molotov cocktails and set a police station and market on fire. The government in exile reports 19 killed.
6. March 16, Lanzhou: Students hold a sit-down protest.
7. March 17, Beijing: Close to 100 students hold a silent candlelight vigil under police guard.
8. March 18, Hezuo: Tibetans on horseback and motorcycles attack a government compound but are dispersed by paramilitary forces.
- March 19: China turns foreigners back from entering Tibet and says that about 160 rioters have turned themselves in.
- March 20, Lhasa: China says it has charged 24 suspects.
9. Undated, Taktser: Police seal the Dalai Lama's birthplace.

China envía más tropas a Tíbet.

BEIJING, March 20, 2008 (Canadian Press) — China is sending hundreds of additional paramilitary police to Tibet and restive neighbouring provinces with large Tibetan populations.
At least 80 trucks loaded with security police have been spotted travelling along the main road winding through the mountains into southeastern Tibet.
Meanwhile, other security troops have set up camp and are patrolling in riot gear and, in some cases with rifles, in the area above Tiger Leaping Gorge, a tourist attraction that usually sees little unrest.
Witnesses say such scenes are being repeated across far-flung towns and villages in Tibetan areas of adjacent provinces to reassert control as sporadic demonstrations continued to flare.
Foreigners have been barred from travelling there and tour groups have been banned from Tibet, isolating a region about four times the size of France.
Protests against Chinese rule started peacefully in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, early last week, but erupted into riots last Friday, drawing a harsh response from Chinese authorities. Authorities say 16 people have been killed, but Tibetan exile groups claim more than 80 have died.
The moved to send in additional troops, along with reports of more arrests in Lhasa, came even as the Dalai Lama offered face-to-face negotiations with Chinese leaders.
China says the riots and protests were plotted from abroad by the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader revered by Tibetans, and his supporters.
Speaking from the seat of his government-in-exile in Dharmsala, India, the Dalai Lama reiterated that he was not seeking independence for Tibet.He offered to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao and other Chinese leaders, though said he would not travel to Beijing unless there was a "real concrete development."
"The whole world knows Dalai Lama is not seeking independence, one hundred times, thousand times I have repeated this. It is my mantra - we are not seeking independence," the 72-year-old Dalai Lama told reporters.
"The Tibet problem must be solved between Tibetan people and Chinese people," he said.At a tense news conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the government suggested that foreign tourists stay out of western Gansu and Sichuan provinces, the scene of additional clashes earlier this week between Tibetan protesters and security forces.After a long pause, he added: "But I shall assure you that our government is fully capable of maintaining social stability and ensuring the security of tourists."In Sichuan's Aba county, a Tibetan woman reached by phone Thursday said she had heard of numerous arrests of protesters in the area.
"There are many, many troops outside," she said. "I'm afraid to leave the house," said the woman, who refused to give her name for fear of retaliation by authorities.Police were checking ID cards at checkpoints and could be heard shouting for protesters to turn themselves in.
Troops blocked roads also in nearby Serthar, also in Sichuan, confining residents to their homes, said a woman reached there by phone.

jueves, marzo 20, 2008

Gobierno alemán suspende ayuda al gobierno chino.

Berlin - Responding to the violence in Tibet, Germany announced Wednesday it was freezing aid talks with Beijing which mainly involve grants to reduce air pollution by power plants. The move marks a fresh upset in Berlin-Beijing relations, which had only recently been patched up after the Chinese were angered at Chancellor Angela Merkel receiving the Dalai Lama in her office in September last year.
The inter-government aid talks, set to begin in May, would not begin until the violence has stopped, said German Development Aid Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul. "Force can never be the solution," she said."The two sides can only arrive at a solution through dialogue. Under such conditions, it is hardly conceivable to be conducting inter-government negotiations.
"Merkel's deputy spokesman, Thomas Steg, repeated Berlin's call on both sides in Tibet to respect human rights and refrain from violence.Wieczorek-Zeul oversaw talks last year that led to total grants of 67.5 million euros (105 million dollars), her aides said.
These were mainly paid out to Chinese companies operating dirty electricity plants.
Berlin said it offered the help because China had the world's second-largest emissions of carbon dioxide and was the world's worst sulphur-dioxide polluter.
Wieczorek-Zeul said separate talks going back several years between Germany and China on improving the rule of law would continue.

Gordon Brown con el Dalai Lama

El primer ministro británico, Gordon Brown, se reunirá en mayo con el XIV Dalai Lama, a pesar de las presiones diplomáticas del gobierno de la República Popular China. El premier británico ha rechazado las amenazas del gobierno chino, cuyos voceros adelantaron que "se enojaría" si recibe al líder espiritual de los tibetanos.

miércoles, marzo 19, 2008

Tibetanos detenidos: riesgo de torturas y maltrato.

Allow Independent Monitors Access to Detention Facilities
Human Rights Watch
Press Release(New York, March 19, 2008) –

The Chinese government should immediately permit independent monitors to have access to the large number of Tibetans detained in Tibet and adjoining provinces in the aftermath of public protests, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should publish the names of all individuals detained and their places of detention.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that hundreds have been arrested. Chinese authorities have not specified the number of detainees. Human Rights Watch and others have previously documented torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Tibet, especially those accused by the Chinese authorities of “separatist” activities (http://hrw.org/reports/2004/china0204/).
“Given the long and well-documented history of torture of political activists by China’s security forces there is every reason to fear for the safety of those recently detained,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Only by giving access to independent monitors can China give the world some confidence that detainees are not being tortured or mistreated.”
Chinese officials announced that those who had been involved in the protests must “surrender” to police by midnight on March 16 and that they would be shown leniency if they did so. The officials insisted that the detention of protesters was necessary to ensure public security.
The Chinese government has virtually sealed off Tibet, expelling or turning away foreign journalists and tourists. The Chinese government has long banned independent human rights observers from Tibet and punishes Tibetans who send information out of the country regarding the human rights situation.
“The exclusion of independent monitors and expulsion of foreign media from Tibet only suggest that China wants to retaliate against these protesters unfettered by global scrutiny,” said Adams. “China is in direct violation of its commitment to the International Olympic Committee to allow foreign journalists free access to the whole country, a point the IOC should be making publicly if it is to retain any credibility.”
For more of Human Rights Watch’s work on China and Tibet, please visit:http://www.hrw.org/doc?t=asia&c=china

Reflexiones sobre la situación en el Tíbet

Por John Suarez

Antes de comenzar a meditar acerca de los hechos actuales en el Tíbet, es importante ponerlo en contexto. El Tíbet fue invadido por la China China Comunista en 1949 y diez años después un levantamiento de alcance nacional fue aplastado y desde entonces ha habido un proceso de genocidio étnico contra el pueblo tibetano. Durante los últimos 49 años los intentos de diálogo y de resistencia no violenta han chocado con más represión y más violencia. Hoy, las protestas en el Tíbet y las protestas internacionales en solidaridad aparecen en las principales noticias de todo el mundo. Hay quienes en los medios internacionales se refirieron irresponsablemente a la “ Intifada Tibetana ” y se centraron en actos de violencia aislados. En televisión se ha visto destrucción de la propiedad y vehículos volcados. Si bien dentro de la no violencia estratégica, la destrucción de propiedad no es vista necesariamente como violenta, sí está abierta a cierta interpretación. Esto ha caído a favor de las autoridades de la ocupación china para defender el uso de la violencia para ejecutar extrajudicialmente a decenas de tibetanos, y reclamar contra la violencia homicida de los tibetanos. El líder espiritual del pueblo tibetano, el Dalai Lama, consideró a la supuesta violencia realizada por los tibetanos como un “ acto suicida ”. El mundo está viendo una vez más la observación de Mahatma Gandhi respecto a que la “violencia siempre acarrea una contra-violencia”. Durante los últimos 50 años el Dalai Lama se ha aferrado a la resistencia no violenta como el medio para confrontar al ocupante chino. Comprendió que Mahatma Gandhi, en el siglo XX, “produjo un recurso muy sofisticado porque implementó la filosofía muy noble de la no violencia en la política moderna, y tuvo éxito. Es una gran cosa. Su experimentación con la verdad , representó un salto evolutivo en la conciencia política”.
¿Pero cuál es la noble filosofía de Gandhi? Para resumirlo en una palabra, es satyagraha . Según Gandhi “su significado de raíz es aferrarse a la verdad, por lo tanto la fuerza de la verdad. También la he llamado la fuerza del amor o la fuerza del alma. En aplicación del satyagraha , descubrí en los estadios más tempranos que la búsqueda de la verdad no admitía la violencia aplicada sobre ningún opositor sino que se debe detestar el error mediante la paciencia y la simpatía. Ya que lo que aparenta ser verdad para uno puede parecer un error para el otro. Y la paciencia significa auto-sufrimiento. Entonces la doctrina pasó a significar la reivindicación de la verdad, sin infligir sufrimiento sobre el oponente, sino sobre uno mismo”. Aplicado a la política se manifiesta como desobediencia civil . Gandhi describía a la desobediencia civil como “no sólo como el derecho natural del pueblo, especialmente cuando no tiene una voz efectiva en su propio gobierno, pero también es un sustituto para la violencia y la rebelión armada”.
El problema con los hechos en el Tíbet es que sin importar cuan mínima sea la violencia, contaminará a la resistencia en su totalidad y disminuirá su efectividad y legitimidad mientras al mismo tiempo le brinda al opresor vía libre para aumentar la represión. Esas voces y esos activistas que apoyan la quema de automóviles y el saqueo de tiendas en defensa de la independencia tibetana ocasionan un gran daño a la causa. El Dalai Lama llamó “al liderazgo chino a dejar de usar la fuerza y encausar el largo resentimiento del pueblo tibetano a través del diálogo con el pueblo tibetano. También le pido a mis compañeros tibetanos que no recurran a la violencia”. El Dalai Lama no está llamando a los tibetanos a cesar sus protestas sino a protestar y resistir sin violencia . Parece que los medios ven a estas dos ideas (no violencia y resistencia) como contradictorias. Mahatma Gandhi, por su parte, no encuentra ninguna contradicción sosteniendo que “la desobediencia civil no admite ninguna violencia o apariencia de violencia directa o indirectamente”.
Quienes defienden una Intifada tibetana hoy deberían recordar las observaciones de Gandhi durante la lucha en India por la independizarse encia de Gran Bretaña acerca de que “la violencia popular es un obstáculo tan grande en nuestro camino [hacia la independencia] como la violencia del gobierno” y “lo que la violencia sin sentido logra, es prolongar la vida del gobierno británico o de cualquier gobierno extranjero”. Tal como se aplicó para India, también se aplica para la ocupación china del Tíbet ahora. Finalmente deberían recordar que la Intifada palestina no ha logrado el objetivo de un estado palestino independiente. Permitir que violentos que arrojan piedras estén asociados con un mayor movimiento no violento como sucedió en Palestina es un error estratégico de primer orden. No hay que permitir que las frustraciones justificadas con la s acciones malvadas de la ocupación china estallen en una violencia que sólo servirá a los intereses del adversario extremadamente bien armado.
Como observadores de este conflicto debemos pedir a China que reconozca el derecho del pueblo tibetano a mantener sus costumbres y tradiciones y denunciar el genocidio cultural y étnico que viene cometiendo la ocupación china en el Tíbet.

Artículo publicado por CADAL, 19 de marzo del 2008.

martes, marzo 18, 2008

Boicot a la inauguración de los Juegos.

Bernard Kouchner, el ministro de relaciones exteriores de Francia, ha tomado la idea lanzada por Reporteros Sin Fronteras de declarar un boicot a la ceremonia de inauguración de los próximos Juegos Olímpicos en China, en reacción a la brutal represión de la que han sido víctimas los tibetanos.
Por supuesto que el gobierno dictatorial de la China oprimida acusa al XIV Dalai Lama de instigar a la violencia, como suele ocurrir con las falacias que propala este régimen oprobioso. De hecho, el Dalai Lama está llamando permanentemente a la paz y a no recurrir a la violencia por parte de los tibetanos.
La cuestión es, ¿hasta cuándo las naciones democráticas seguirán tolerando las contínuas violaciones a las libertades fundamentales en China y en Tíbet, un país que ocupa por la fuerza ilegítimamente? ¿Hasta cuándo serán más importantes las inversiones en territorio chino que los derechos individuales? ¿Por qué tanto temor a que un gobierno autoritario se enoje, como si fuese incorrecto reclamar a viva voz por la vida y la libertad de un pueblo pisoteado?
Es una vergüenza mundial la censura que está aplicando el gobierno chino continental para acallar su represión sangrienta, su destrucción de la cultura tibetana y su desprecio por un pueblo milenario.

viernes, marzo 14, 2008

¡Basta de represión en Tíbet!

¡Basta de muertes y represión en el Tíbet!