Tibetan activist speaks out against China

2012-03-09 22:59

New york - The wife of detained Tibetan documentary maker Dhondup Wangchen broke down in tears on Friday in New York as she blamed Chinese rule for a wave of self-immolations by protesters in her homeland.

Lhamo Tso, a petite woman who last spoke to her husband in 2008, appealed for help at an open-air press conference held in Times Square, where excerpts of Wangchen's banned documentary, Leaving Fear Behind, were also shown.

She said her husband's imprisonment was an example of Chinese oppression that human rights activists say has driven some 25 ordinary people to set fire to themselves.

"Why are they doing this? Why are they burning their own bodies? Their life is the most important thing they have," Tso, 40, said. "When I hear that Tibetans are self-immolating, I feel a knife through my heart."

Tso, who lives in exile in India and was on US soil for the first time in her life, spoke forcefully for several minutes against the dazzling backdrop of the Times Square advertising jumbotrons, including an especially prominent one publicizing the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

But her composure did not last as she described her husband's trial without a legal defense team and reports that he has become sick while serving his six-year sentence.

"I want to ask for your help in the release of my husband - in the release of my husband and in the release of other political prisoners in Tibet," she said through an interpreter, her eyes filling with tears.

"I'm here in the centre of the United States," she added, sobbing now, "but my heart and mind are always with my husband".

US-Tibetan activists at the press conference said they would march on Saturday through New York and in cities around the world to mark the 53rd anniversary of the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.

  • Fred - 2012-03-10 00:18

    This is the Chinese regime that you revere Fidel.

      Anthony - 2012-03-10 09:53

      I liked her better before she came to this site, to spew her HATRED, RACISM AND BS !!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-11 13:31

      Hello to you too gentlemen!

  • thuptenc - 2012-03-10 04:51

    one of the worst governments in the world. wtf, a guy cannot make a documentary? it probably sucks to live there. damn, can't say a thing against the government. government of china, what a loser.

  • Zion - 2012-03-10 09:51

    A friend I have worked in China as an English teacher. The general philosophy is: The Chinese government is strict and fair and takes no crap from anybody. The people of China know the law and there is no reason to go against that law. Should that happen then the same law will well and truly sort out any transgressors. Transgressors are very aware of the consequences of breaking the law.

      Bianca-Anne - 2012-03-10 10:34

      That friend of yours, Zion, worked with infants since her english is not up to a NQF Level 3 and I will not take much note of her views since she is not a qualified teacher but wanna-be, she has no formal qualifications and are rather a silly-itchy person. However I gree with your view. Rule of Law is high there. Due to the transgressors of Apartheid we have no respect for the Rule of Law here in South Africa.

      Garth - 2012-03-10 11:03

      @bianca-anne: `People who live in glass houses . . ..' Jou English tale are delicious!

      Bianca-Anne - 2012-03-10 11:19

      Garth : But I don't pretend to be bigger than what I am really and I don't have so much issues as you do and I am content with everything around me. That person Zion referred to cost me a few thousands of damage cause she claimed to be a teacher and could not facilitate, allowed a computer to be stolen, could not understand one document ... so maybe when I do write about her I can be angry. BLOGGING is not report writing.... but taking into consideration what your views are and you believe in yourself as the highest - I don't take you serious at all.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-10 12:39

      Well the Tibetans aren't transgressors. The Chinese have been brainwashed and don't know any better. What is fair about a system where you cannot have your own opinion?.

      Zion - 2012-03-11 12:34

      The conclusion I can come to from these comments is It is ok to transgress the rules. The problem here is China does not allow transgressions of its laws. South Africa on the other hand is in cahoots with crime and crime is a normality in this country. and Frank, no I don't agree. We saw the outcome of the weight of the Chinese law re the drug trafficking. Your assumptions of the Chinese upper echelons in their society is still only assumptions.

      Zion - 2012-03-11 12:36

      Hey garth big boy always ready to throw in the insults hey. Your kind make me f**king sick.

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-10 12:38

    This is the regime that oppress its people and stifle freedom of speech. It stole Tibet and enforces it's brutal laws on a people that lived in peace and harmony and didn't harm a soul. What a tradegy.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-03-11 13:22

    Unfortunately, many Bloggers does not understand Blogging. They do not do professional writing and therefore uses this for self-image- They do not use familiar language. Instead, they tend to change character when they begin to put their thoughts on paper. Rather than writing naturally, they become stiff and stilted in their expression. For example, instead of using an everyday word such as try, they use the more endeavor. They do not find out; they ascertain. They terminate rather than end, demonstrate rather than show, and utilise rather than use. Much of the time they only look upon communication as a one-way process from sender to receiver, not concern about the response. They become concerned with themselves instead of being aware of the way the reader reacts to them and their words. They tend to be self-centered and subject-centered instead of writing within the framework of the reader's interest, needs, and understanding. They give the impression that they are an authority giving the answers, instead of involving the reader in the discussion.... That is for those so caught up in the linguistic study of the English language and writing ... mostly Afrikaner trying to be bigger then themselves .... shame...

      Bianca-Anne - 2012-03-11 13:30

      Above was obviously not only my thoughts ... well known language experts share the exact view. Quality Assure Blogging and Emails ...

  • Fidel - 2012-03-11 13:34

    China's position on civil unrest is clear - it is the obligation of the government to better the lives of the people (a billion). If they cannot deliver, then the people will complain. BUT there is another side to the social contract. IF the government and powers that be IS delivering, ala Beijing, then undue disruption is counter to the interest of the people at large, and SHOULD be quelled so that the entire society can achieve all that they can.

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