As might have been predicted, the outcome of the Communist Chinese suppression of the protests in Tibet was worse than feared. Reports are now putting the number of those massacred at 80-100. To me, this is a painful indicator of the value the Chinese place on Tibetan lives. With all their experience in crowd control, don’t tell me that the massive numbers of security forces the Chinese have in place in Lhasa and elsewhere couldn’t contain a protest, even a rowdy one, when the people had nothing more at their disposal than stones and firecrackers. Why did they have to shoot the Tibetans down like dogs in the street?
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is currently using his strongest language in quite some time, referring to the Chinese “rule of terror” in Tibet and that their policies amount to “cultural genocide”. That seems about right.
Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Burma, Darfur: the Chinese record of human rights abuses both within its political borders and abroad is appalling (equally appalling is my own country, which just removed China from its list of “worst human rights offenders”). If there were ever a time to boycott an Olympic Games and its sponsors, wouldn’t you say this is it? Take action here. And here.
UPDATE from Mooj and Nita: This has got to be the last straw. Feline death camps?!
Today is the 10th day of the lunar calendar, traditionally sacred to Padmasambhava. Darisuren arranged for us to offer a Shower of Blessings tsog ceremony in a ger at the foot of the Bogd Khan Mountains. To my delight, about 30 people showed up. These shots show just a few:
Before we began, I talked about what was happening in Tibet. I reminded everyone that the Tibetans – the Mongolians’ closest spiritual brothers and sisters – were fighting for exactly the same religious freedom that the Mongolians were just now enjoying. They understood this completely, of course, and we agreed to dedicate the merit of our ceremony to the Tibetan people and their brave struggle for self-determination.
Please support the Tibetans in whatever way you are able. This is who we’re trying to create a better world for (um, the girl, not the plastic ox):