Pelosi Speaks Out On Tibet; Class Conflict A Cause of Protest

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Speaking in Dharamsala, seat of Tibet’s government-in-exile, Ms Pelosi said: “We call upon the international community to have an independent outside investigation on accusations made by the Chinese government that His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] was the instigator of violence in Tibet.”

She added: “The situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world.

“If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China and the Chinese in Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak out on human rights.”

link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asi…

Pelosi’s meeting with the Dalai Lama and subsequent call for an investigation of China’s claims that he is responsible for the violence in Tibet occurs against the backdrop of events like this:

Then the gate of the debating compound opened and this stream of maroon humanity poured out, several hundred monks. It was impossible to count but I think there were at least 300.

We thought it was part of the tradition but when you looked at the expression on their faces, it was a very serious business. They were pumping their hands in the air as they ran out of the temple.

The minute that happened we saw the police – two or three who were inside the compound – suddenly speaking into their radios.

They started going after the monks, and plain-clothes police – I don’t know this for sure but that’s what I think they were – started to emerged from nowhere.

There were four or five in uniform but another 10 or 15 in regular clothing. They were grabbing monks, kicking and beating them.

One monk was kicked in the stomach right in front of us and then beaten on the ground.

The monks were not attacking the soldiers, there was no melee. They were heading out in a stream, it was a very clear path, and the police were attacking them at the sides. It was gratuitous violence.

link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asi…

The New York Times has an excellent analysis of one of the underlying causes of this conflict: class. Yes, in Communist China it appears that poverty and economic injustice are fueling this popular uprising:

There is no legalized ethnic discrimination in China, but privilege and power are overwhelmingly the preserve of the Han, while Tibetans live largely confined to segregated urban ghettos and poor villages in their own ancestral lands.

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“The relationship between Han and Tibetan is irreconcilable,” said Yuan Qinghai, a Lhasa taxi driver, in an interview. “We don’t have a good impression of them, as they are lazy and they hate us, for, as they say, taking away what belongs to them. In their mind showering once or twice in their life is sacred, but to Han it is filthy and unacceptable.

“We believe in working hard and making money to support one’s family, but they might think we’re greedy and have no faith.”

link (please read the whole article – it is eye opening): http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw the conflicts of the world as a result of the Triple Evils of racism, poverty and war. A disciple of nonviolence, King also understood why these conflicts escalate toward violence when he said, “Violence is the language of the unheard.”

Chinese Communism appears not to have been able to rid itself of these problems. Indeed, the government’s handling of this conflict – including the use of massive force to quell protests and banning journalists from going to the places where the unrest is occurring – is only serving to highlight a conflict fueled by the economic disparity between two ethnic groups in the region: the Han Chinese and the native Tibetans.

None of these problems are easy. No “quick fix” ever makes them go away. But acknowledging the problems exists is the first step on the road to recovery. Until the authorities in China admit these problems are there and are prepared to deal with them honestly and forthrightly they will continue to fester, and show themselves at the most inconvenient of times.

Please keep all sides of this conflict in your thoughts, prayers and meditations

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  1. … grannyhelen, for writing about this every day … well, not only writing about it, but showing us all the different facets of what is going on in Tibet.

    • Mu on March 21, 2008 at 4:49 pm

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    “Chinese Communism appears not to have been able to rid itself of these problems. Indeed, the government’s handling of this conflict – including the use of massive force to quell protests and banning journalists from going to the places where the unrest is occurring. . .”

    It also shows that, economic liberalism and tailored suits notwithstanding, the Party Leaders still only know Old Style, ham-handed brutality and crushing dissent as the only way to resolve a problem.

    Meanwhile (I’m sorry, I can’t resist) over at orange it’s all-Obama-all-the-time.  And, news flash:  Hillary is still Satan.  As a matter of fact I still support Obama, but I’m embarrassed for that site, it’s gushing over him and the difficulty of ANY news other than that obsessive syrup cutting through all the squealing.  Sorry, but that’s how I feel.

    Mu . . .

  2. Reportedly headed for China.  Now why would they anger our “benevolent” trading partners?  The US naval also recently blocked a food shipment,,,to Venezuela.  Yup, they got oil.

  3. A developing story out here.  I plan to write this up when I have more time this weekend.  

    San Franciso is the only US city where the Olympic torch will visit. The city is playing “hide the torch” and trying to keep protestors from lining the route.  They want to pen the demonstrators in “Free Speech Zones”.  Un-fucking-believable!   No one is going to tell The Bus where I can or can’t speak my mind.  Hell no!  

    City leaders organizing the event are keeping secret even the most basic details, including its route and the time it starts, because of fears that protesters critical of the Chinese government will disrupt or stop it.

    The city known worldwide for its spirit of protest and dissent has denied permits for demonstrators and plans to restrict them to “free-speech zones.” People critical of China’s human-rights record and spurred by the recent uprising and subsequent crackdown in Tibet are organizing alternative torch run events and rallies and, despite the restrictions, plan to line the route.

    SFGate

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