Friday, 21 March 2008

Action alert for Tibet

I have received an email this morning from Rosa at, asking for signatures to a petition for support for the people of Tibet in the face of Chinese suppression of protest. I am copying the email here as Rosa's words are much more eloquent than mine could be. Please consider signing the petition. Thank you.

Hi Anna,

I'm sure that like me, you're also outraged by the abuse of power displayed by the Chinese government to suppress the protests in Tibet and nearby provinces. Speak up for those who can't. Sign this petition to urge China to end the crackdown immediately >>

The violence against protesters, monks and civilians in Tibet is quickly escalating as the deadly crackdown continues. This week, overwhelmed by the violence affecting innocent civilians, the Dalai Lama said he would resign as leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile "if things become out of control." We can't remain silent while these abuses are taking place. Take action to stand with the people of Tibet.

The Beijing Summer Olympics are only a few months away, but that hasn't stopped China from cracking down on Tibetan protesters, causing the death of around 100 people, while hundreds continue to be shot at, beaten up and detained by China's security forces.

The protesters' grievances should not be addressed through the use of force, but with an open and peaceful dialogue. Freedom of expression is a basic human right that should be respected and not punished with violence.

Please sign this petition to the Olympic Games Officials and the United Nations to make sure help is on the way for the people of Tibet!

Thank you for standing with innocent Tibetans.

Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

The Dalai Lama is due to visit the UK in May this year. So far there has been no word from our Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, that he will meet with the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is the Head of State in exile of the country of Tibet and I consider it to be quite offensive that Tony Blair did not meet with him during the Dalai Lama's previous visit to our shores in 2004. As a gesture of goodwill, I think that Gordon Brown should arrange an official reception for the Dalai Lama. I do wonder if the silence from dear Gordon has something to do with trade with China.

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