Olympics protest

Lynne Featherstone with Tibet protestorsJoined the protests earlier today – with Hornsey councillor Monica Whyte – over China’s record on Tibet and human rights as the Olympic Torch passed through London.

Free speech – and speaking out against that which we oppose – is a key part of our society, and it was great to see so many people exercising that right to speak out today – a right, of course, that China doesn’t extend to people in Tibet or China.

The Chinese Government has been repeatedly politicising the Olympics for its own ends – and yet Gordon Brown seems too timid to show any real displeasure at China’s repeated abuse of basic human rights.

Numerous other government heads have spoken and acted – but not our own. What is the point of having the privilege of holding a post such as Prime Minister if you’re not willing to use it to speak out when needed?

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  1. For several years now, I have been lobbying my local MP & your predecessor Barbara Roche, former Labour MP, on the matter of Tibet. Today the plight of Tibetan people has once again become the centre of global attention. What is happening in Tibet is hideous, particularly its detention of the Panchen Lama. The Panchen Lama is second to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Whilst the Chinese wait for the Dalai Lama to die, they seek to destroy the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism by imposing their own Dalai Lama upon the people of Tibet. God willing, this will not happen!!!!!!!!!!!! FREE TIBET! FREE TIBET! FREE THE PANCHEN LAMA! FREE TIBETAN BUDDHISM FROM CHINESE STATE OPPRESSION OF RELIGION!I LOVE YOU TIBET!FREE TIBET

  2. For once well done Lynne Featherstone . Those sports and show biz so called personalities who carried the Touch did so knowing it is dripping with the blood of Tibetens as well as Falun Gong Practitioners , Democracy Campaigners and Roman Catholics .Cllr Brian Coleman AM,FRSADeputy Chairman of the London Assembly

  3. I read the Haringey Independent, a picture of Cllr Monica Whyte, Haringey’s Lib Dem candidate for the Greater London Assembly, pictured at the pro-Tibet demo. Strangely enough, I did not hear from Cllr Whyte when she was initially elected, requesting councillors support flying the flag of Tibet from Haringey Civic Centre building during the Tibetan Uprising Day. This brings into question whether this tactic is simply political opportunism by Cllr Whyte!!!!!! It appears to me, Cllr Monica Whyte only cares about Tibet and China’s human rights because she wants to sit on the Greater London Assembly… I would have expected her to have expressed similar sentiments, when I was seeking to win supporters to fly the flag of Tibet from the Civic Centre building.

  4. This is a favour from Tibetan Supporters in Japan! —————————————————————Campaign for a Tibet-China Dialogue at the ForthcomingG8 Summit in Hokkaido, JapanJapan is hosting the G8 Summit in Hokkaido from July 7 to July 9, 2008.It is urgent that the world leaders make the struggle for Tibetan autonomyand the recent violence a major point of discussion during the summit.This is a major gathering of the world leaders before the Beijing Olympicbegins in August.http://www.g8summit.go.jp/eng/index.htmlWe urge our government and the world leaders to do the following at the summit:* Invite the Dalai Lama and Hu Jintao to have a dialogue along with the G8members to resolve the Tibet issue. ASEAN countries as well as India,Pakistan and Afghanistan may also monitor this meeting.* Pressure the Chinese government to have continuous and meaningfuldialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives following the summit.* Have an independent group ensure the continuation of the dialogue.Attached below is a sample letter. Please sign at the end and send it toyour representatives.————————————————————————————————Dear ” Your Nation’s Leader’s Name,”I have been outraged and deeply disturbed by the Chinese government’sbehavior in Tibet. I appreciate that you have urged China to resolvethe Tibet issue peacefully. However, it is not enough. The unrest in Tibet,including the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Quighai, has seen no realsolution at all.I feel that our country must continue pressuring China to resolvethis issue peacefully. I request that you take the following actionat the summit in Japan so that the resolution for Tibet will proceedin a meaningful manner.* Invite the Dalai Lama and Hu Jintao to have a dialogue along with theG8 members to resolve the Tibet issue. ASEAN countries as well as India,Pakistan and Afghanistan may also monitor this meeting.* Pressure the Chinese government to have continuous and meaningfuldialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives following the summit* Have an independent group ensure the continuation of the dialogueI truly hope that you will take actions to help Tibet. The suffering of theTibetans and the Chinese affects us all.Sincerely Yours,Your Name————————————————————————————————Please forward this letter to your friends. Thank you for your help!—————————————-Mixi Free Tibet TeamHP:http://www8.atwiki.jp/zali/pages/125.htmlMail:info.mftt@gmail.com—————————————- —————————————————————