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Today's Tibet, Tomorrow's Hong Kong?
Written by Oiwan Lam On 19 March 2013 @ 6:43 am | 2 Comments
In China, Chinese, Digital Activism, East Asia, English, Ethnicity & Race, Freedom of Speech, Governance, History, Hong Kong (China), Human Rights, Politics, Protest, Weblog
An activist network in Hong Kong, Walking along with Tibetans  (與西藏同行) organized an assembly at Tsim Sha Tsui  to express their solidarity with Tibetans on the 54th Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day  on March 10, 2013. The occasion was also to mourn for 113 Tibetans who immolated between February 2009 and February 2013 to protest against the Chinese government's oppression in Tibet.
The assembly statement said:
The Chinese government's oppression against Tibetans has kept elevating, in Tibetan calendar year 2139 [which means in 2012) there are more and more self-immolation protests. Between February 27, 2009 to February 25, 2013, a total of 113 Tibetans have self-immolated. 109 immolations have taken place in Tibet, 4 were outside Tibet. 15 of them are women, 94 of them have died (92 from Tibet and 2 from overseas). Their last wishes are: "Let Dalai Lama return to Tibet", "Long Live Dalai Lama", "Free Tibet", "Ethic equality", "Tibet independent" and etc.
Citizen reporter Marco Mak interviewed  the event organizer Dorothy who had visited Tibet three times in the past few years:
Dorothy said she was touched by Tibetans' simple and kind nature and wanted to speak out for them in Hong Kong so that more people would be aware of the everyday life oppression such as military control, cultural cleaning and media blockage faced by Tibetan: "Tibetans are forced to live in high-rise buildings and changed their lifestyles. Children can't learn Tibetan and their culture is eroding. My Tibetan friends are trying very hard to protect their own religion and culture. Their hearts are pure, very different from the materialistic attitude in Hong Kong…"
Hong Ningshan（韓年山）, the spokesperson from Protect Hong Kong Freedom Coalition said that what has happened in Tibet is closely related to Hong Kong and many participants of the assembly echoed the view. Marco reported Hong's speech:
Hong Kong people cannot be silent about the injustice in Tibet. Even though geographically the two places are far apart, [their fates] are connected. Since the establishment of PRC, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been exploiting people's freedom. Tibetans are now deprived of religious freedom and human rights.
Hong believed that the religious freedom promised by CCP to Tibetans was their strategy [to pacify the Tibetans], the situation is similar to their promise for universal suffrage to Hong Kong people, it is very likely that the promise will never be fulfilled. The CCP is using lies to rule the country and cheat people and Hong Kong people has to be aware of the history and avoid [what happened in Tibet from recurring in Hong Kong].
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URLs in this post:
 Walking along with Tibetans: https://www.facebook.com/groups/247355855352082/?fref=ts
 an assembly at Tsim Sha Tsui: https://www.facebook.com/events/462007183863899/?ref=3
 the 54th Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibetan_Uprising_Day
 Image: https://www.facebook.com/events/296318770490125/
 interviewed: http://www.inmediahk.net/54
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