Tuesday, April 29, 2008

3 de Maio de 2008 - D.M.L.I.

Na preparação para os Jogos Olímpicos de Pequim de 2008, a Associação Mundial de Jornais lançou uma campanha publicitária para protestar contra o aprisionamento de jornalistas na China.

O Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete apela à abertura do Tibete aos media internacionais, junto de entidades nacionais de modo a que pressionem o governo Chinês, assim como ao Ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros Chinês.

Aproxima-se o Dia Mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa.

Fique atento/a, em breve mais informações e..

Contamos com o seu auxílio !

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tutu Urges Leaders to Miss Beijing Opening

Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged world leaders on Sunday to stay away from the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in August.

"The leaders of the free world, for goodness sake, don't attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games until it is quite clear that they (the Chinese) mean business and that they will stop the violence against the Tibetans," Tutu said at a Cape Town ceremony for an alternative "Tibetan" Olympic torch.

South Africa's Nobel Peace laureate lit a "Tibetan" Olympic torch, which was kindled in Delhi on January 30 and will travel to cities on five continents before arriving in May back in Dharamsala, India, where Tibet's parliament-in-exile is based. Protesters have followed the official Olympic flame as it traveled around the world and highlighted China's human rights record in Tibet ahead of the Games starting on August 8. "Let us make China know this is a moral universe," Tutu said. "We must tell them 'watch out' because there is no way in which wrong will prevail forever. There is no way that injustice will prevail forever. We must tell all those oppressors, let us whisper in the ear of (Zimbabwean President Robert) Mugabe 'you have already lost'," he said to applause.

Zimbabwe has been criticized for failing to release the results of a March 29 presidential election, which the opposition says it won. Asked about China's announcement of planned talks with aides of Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Tutu said he hoped they would be "meaningful negotiations"."We pray that the Chinese will know that it is in their best interests to do that," he told Reuters. Tutu is a close friend of the Dalai Lama.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tibetan Solidarity Commitee Press Release

As per reliable information, on the night of April 19th, a large group of Chinese military raided Minthang Monastery in Chigdril County, Golog (TAP) and also conducted a thorough search inside monks’ quarters. They tore all the photos they could find of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and confiscated all their cameras. No monks were arrested during this incident. However, they arrested some fifty lay people out of whom 27 are lodged in Golok Chigdril Prison and the rest are detained at Minthang County.

On April 3rd night, nine Tibetans had been arrested from Dharlag County, Golog (TAP). These incidents of arbitrary arrests of Tibetans without valid reasons are being carried throughout Tibet. The Chinese authorities had announced that those Tibetans who had escaped into the surrounding hills and forests after taking part in protests would be pardoned if they surrendered and out of about 500 such people, only two had surrendered. The two who surrendered were beaten severely and put in Dharlag district jail. The rest of the Tibetans hiding out are demanding fact-finding delegation and media correspondents to Tibet in order to find out the real truth of the situation.

According to Chinese media, Tibet has been opened up for tourists since April 23rd but the fact is only Chinese have been allowed into Tibet.

On April 25th, the Chinese government announced they will talk to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s envoys. Simultaneously, PRC’s criticism of His Holiness the Dalai Lama continues to appear in Chinese newspapers and television. Even in the Chinese government offices, meetings are being organized to denounce His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In the monastic institutions, people are being forced to denounce His Holiness through the so-called “patriotic re-education”.
In China, Tibetans who work in Beijing are being closely watched and questioned. There are also reports that relationship between the Tibetans and the Chinese have worsened and frequent conflicts took place. Some Tibetans had even been fired from their jobs due to pressure by the Chinese police.

In view of the critical situation in Tibet, we appeal the UN and international community of the urgent consideration of our following demands:

Immediately dispatch independent fact finding delegations to Tibet
Immediately allow free press to cover the whole of Tibet
Immediately end the brutal killings in the whole of Tibet
Immediately release all arrested and imprisoned Tibetans
Extend immediate medical assistance to the injured Tibetans
Allow free movement of people and provide access to daily needs
- Tibetan Solidarity Committee

Friday, April 25, 2008


Realizou-se hoje a concentração organizada pela União Budista Portuguesa e o Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, frente à Assembleia da República, visando comemorar o aniversário de S.S. o Panchen Lama, raptado pelo governo chinês em Maio de 1995.

Apelámos à sua libertação mediante carta endereçada ao Sr. Embaixador da R.P.C., a qual foi assinada por todos os presentes. Assim como a uma tomada de posição mais firme por parte do governo português, relativamente à questão Tibetana.

Manuel Pessôa-Lopes

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Quem é o Panchen Lama?

Data de Nascimento: 25 de Abril, 1989
Idade: 19
Local de Nascimento: Lhari, Tibete
Paradeiro actual: Desconhecido

O Panchen Lama tinha 6 anos quando, juntamente com os seus pais, foi raptado da sua casa no Tibete pelo governo Chinês.

Panchen Lama é um título religioso. Panchen significa “Grande Escolástico” e Lama é a palavra Tibetana para “professor religioso”.

Tibetans and supporters protest China's tainted torch in Australia and on Everest

China's torch has arrived in Australia amid protests in Sydney and Canberra.

Four tibet activists were arrested after unfurling a large banner on a prominent Coke billboard in Kings Cross protesting Coke's sponsorship of China's tainted torch relay.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

frente à Assembleia da República
Palácio de S. Bento, Lisboa

6ªfeira – 25 de Abril – A partir das 10h

Aniversário de S.S. Panchen Lama

Junte- se a nós na comemoração do aniversário de S.S. o Panchen Lama e no apelo à sua libertação incondicional.

Desde o dia 10 de Março que as atenções se têm focado no Tibete devido à repressão da R.P.C. sobre os manifestantes Tibetanos.

No entanto esta série de acontecimentos foi precedida por quase seis décadas de abusos dos Direitos Humanos por parte do governo Chinês.

No dia 25 de Abril recordamos o rapto de S.S. o Panchen Lama e sua família ocorrido em 1995, quando contava apenas 6 anos.

Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete - http://grupodeapoioaotibete.blogspot.com/ grupodeapoioaotibete@gmail.com
União Budista Portuguesa – http://www.uniaobudista.pt/ - Tel: 21 363 43 63

CONTACTO (Media) - Tm: 91 811 30 21

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

China seeks to 'educate' Tibetans

The Tibet Daily newspaper said the campaign was to "unify the thinking... of officials and the masses".

The initiative follows violent clashes last month between police and monks in Tibet, and pro-Tibetan demonstrations around the world.
Beijing has accused the Dalai Lama of inciting unrest - claims he has denied. The Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, insists he has no political role and played no part in the protests by Tibetan Buddhist monks that erupted into rioting in the main city Lhasa. But he condemned the Chinese crackdown that followed, and accused Beijing of committing "cultural genocide" in Tibet.

Tibetan sympathisers and human rights activists have since used the worldwide tour of the Olympic torch to protest against Beijing's hosting of the Olympic Games this August.
Security tightened

China's Communist Party has long used what it calls "patriotic education campaigns" to impose discipline and reinforce its authority, says the BBC's Daniel Griffiths in Beijing.
The Tibet Daily says the latest drive will include television programmes and a series of sessions in which the Dalai Lama will be denounced by Communist Party members, other officials and local people.

Campaigns requiring monks in Tibetan monasteries to denounce the Dalai Lama and declare their loyalty to Beijing have also been stepped up.
China has poured troops into Tibet and tightened its borders ahead of the passage of the Olympic flame through the territory, on its way to Mount Everest in early May.
It accuses the Dalai Lama of wanting to divide Tibet from China and sabotage the Olympics.
France targeted

Protests have recently erupted in China to counter those that have accompanied the torch relay in the West. The French supermarket company Carrefour has been targeted with an attempted boycott for allegedly supporting the Dalai Lama - though it has denied doing so.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy apologised in a letter to a disabled Chinese athlete who was jostled as she carried the Olympic torch in Paris, in an apparent attempt to soothe ties with China.

However, Paris city council has said it will give the Dalai Lama honorary citizenship.
Bertrand Delanoe, the city's Socialist mayor, said the gesture would "pay tribute to a champion of peace - a tireless advocate of dialogue between peoples".

Monday, April 21, 2008

Contacte o presidente da Comissão Europeia

O presidente da Comissão Europeia, Durão Barroso, vai discutir com o primeiro-ministro Chinês Wen Jiabao a repressão da China aos protestos no Tibete, durante a sua visita a Pequim esta semana.

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Desta forma apelamos a que contactem via email o presidente da Comissão Europeia, exortando a que de facto pressione o governo Chinês relativamente à repressão no Tibete.
Outros pontos que poderão ser enunciados:

- Abertura do Tibete aos media.

- Entrada de auxílio humanitário no Tibete. Na medida em que existe informação de que aos Tibetanos são negados cuidados médicos.

- Início de diálogo com S.S. Dalai Lama

- Libertação dos presos políticos, com referência ao Panchen Lama, que celebra 19 anos no próximo dia 25 de Abril.

O contacto com o presidente da Comissão Europeia pode ser realizado através de:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Coca-cola abandona patrocínio no Japão !

A unidade Japonesa da Coca-Cola abandonou o patrocínio da rota Japonesa da Tocha Olímpica.

Porta-voz da empresa anunciou que tal decisão se prendeu com "preocupações ao nível da segurança."

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Exilados Tibetanos recomeçam Marcha

Mais de 200 Tibetanos exilados, conduzidos por monges Budistas, recomeçaram a sua Marcha para o Tibete este Sábado, após permanência na capital Indiana durante uma semana.

Os manifestantes pretendem caminhar desde a India até ao Tibete, onde pretendem chegar por altura do início dos Jogos Olímpicos em Pequim, no mês de Agosto.

De acordo com Pema Richeson, o grupo pretende cobrir cerca de 20 kilómetros diariamente e a próxima paragem será em Ghaziabad, no estado de Uttar Pradesh.

Sucesso na Vossa caminhada !


Templo Budista Japonês recusa a Tocha Olímpica

O Templo Zenkoji recusou ser o ponto de partida da Tocha Olímpica no próximo dia 26 de Abril, segundo afirmações de Kunihiko Shinohara, secretário-geral do Comité Organizador do evento, na cidade de Nagano.
"Nós respeitmos a decisão dos responsáveis do Templo" afirmou Shinohara após reunião com os monges de Zenkoji.
Fontes afirmaram que os monges se sentem preocupados relativamente à segurança do Templo, caso se realizem manifestações anti-China. No entanto também circulou a informação de que a decisão se deveu a um acto de solidariedade por parte dos monges de Zenkoji, relativamente à repressão sofrida pelos seus semelhantes no Tibete.



Friday, April 18, 2008

China closes down Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastic School

In the aftermath of series of Tibetan protests across Ngaba region in eastern Tibet, the Chinese authorities of Ngaba "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture" ('TAP') have indefinitely closed down the school run by Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery on 8 April 2008, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).´

According to multiple sources, the Chinese authorities of Ngaba "TAP' indefinitely closed down Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery's school in Dzoge County (Ch: Ruanggui /Zoige Xian), Ngaba "TAP", Sichuan Province, on 8 April 2008.

From the sources, the primary reason for its closure was cited as participation by a number of students of Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery in March 15th protest along with other senior monks of the monastery at Dzoge County headquarters. Students both novice monks and children from surrounding areas were known to have been sent back to their respective places after the closure.

In 1998, the Chinese authorities forcibly took over the governance of the monastic school from Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery two years after its establishment. However, irrespective of taking over governance by the authorities, the monastic school has been run and managed directly by Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery until its closure on 8 April 2008. Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastic School caters to educating primarily novice monks below 18 years of age and children from surrounding nomadic areas, on Tibetan language, literature and Buddhist philosophy.

At the time of its closure, the school housed 504 novice monks and lay children from neighboring areas. Almost all of its students were from poor rural and nomadic areas where there is no education facility. The monastic school was a boon for the poor farmers and nomads who subsist on daily earnings and could not provide for their children's education.

Although, the Chinese official mouthpiece, Xinhua, reported on 25 March, that most schools in Aba County resumed classes since the return of normalcy in the area. The indefinite closure of Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monasitc School on 8 April was not mentioned anywhere in the reports of official mouthpiece till date. Monastic schools have been the primary source and backbone of education for Tibetans in Tibet. Such schools have always catered to the need of education to the masses who could not pay exorbitant school fees laid by the government.

The Chinese government has been targeting monastic schools as they are deemed to be teaching "splittist" ideologies when in reality the curriculum in monastic schools are based on Tibetan culture and Buddhist philosophy.

TCHRD is gravely concerned at the fate of the students and calls upon the Chinese authorities to reopen the school.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tibetans Protest Coke's Sponsorship

Delaware – Tibetans and supporters protested Coca-Cola's annual shareholder meeting this morning, calling on the company's executives to use their influence to pressure the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to immediately withdraw Tibet from China's Olympic torch relay route.
More than a hundred Tibetans protested outside the meeting with colorful flags and banners reading "No Torch in Tibet," while two Tibetan spokespeople raised concerns inside the meeting directly with company executives and shareholders.
Tibetans and human rights activists fear that allowing the Olympic torch to be run through Tibet will heighten tensions leading to an increased crackdown by Chinese authorities.

"It is unconscionable that Coke would sponsor China's torch relay through Tibet at a time when thousands of Tibetans are being rounded up and imprisoned, monasteries and nunneries are being raided, and people are being shot in the streets for taking part in peaceful protests," said Lhadon Tethong, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet who spoke at today's meeting. "We are calling on Coke executives to do the right thing and avoid the massive public relations disaster that will plague Coke if it is seen to be complicit in China's crackdown on innocent Tibetans."

In March 2006, Coke became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, making a commitment to "support and respect the protection of international human rights within its sphere of influence" and to ensure that it is not "complicit in human rights abuses." Government officials in Tibet have threatened to respond "harshly and with no leniency" to anyone who tries to disrupt the torch relay when it arrives in Tibet next month.
"My family inside Tibet is living in a constant state of fear, which will only be exacerbated if the Olympic torch is allowed to be paraded through the streets of Lhasa and other Tibetan areas," said Lobsang Choephel, one of the Tibetans who spoke at the shareholders meeting. Lobsang's relative, a 15 year-old middle school student, was shot and killed by Chinese authorities in eastern Tibet one month ago today. "Coke's executives will have blood on their hands if they remain silent on this issue," he added.

The shareholders meeting follows on the heels of massive protests by Tibetans and supporters in London, Paris and San Francisco and on the eve of the arrival of the Olympic torch in New Delhi where thousands are expected to protest along the relay route.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Violência no Tibete discutida na AR

A Comissão Parlamentar de Negócios Estrangeiros, presidida pelo social-democrata Henrique de Freitas, recebe hoje a meio da tarde em audiência a Songtsen - Casa da Cultura do Tibete e a União Budista Portuguesa.
A reunião foi solicitada há cerca de um mês, quando ocorreram os primeiros protestos em Lassa reprimidos com violência, mas agora ganha nova dinâmica porque a comissão parlamentar terá que analisar também uma petição popular com mais de onze mil assinaturas e que pode levar a que o assunto volte a ser discutido em plenário.
Ao DN, José Cardal, presidente da Casa da Cultura do Tibete, diz que se tornou "urgente discutir o assunto e o que está a acontecer, apesar de esta audiência ter um carácter meramente informativo". Segundo o responsável, a última vez que o Tibete foi analisado em plenário "levou a uma discussão muito vaga, os deputados não disseram o que pensam veementemente".
José Luís Arnaut, antigo ministro de Durão Barroso e ex-presidente da Comissão de Negócios Estrangeiros, defende "o princípio de que a China é um Estado soberano, embora tenhamos que ter em conta os valores dos direitos humanos, seja em que parte do território for. Além disso, não podemos ignorar a especificidade do Tibete".

Monday, April 14, 2008

Diga "Não à Tocha no Tibete!"

É muito importante que continuemos a pressionar o C.O.I. relativamente à "não passagem da tocha Olímpica pelo Tibete."

Fontes credíveis forneceram-nos relato de que, caso tal aconteça os Tibetanos no Tibete estão dispostos a protestar.

Consequentemente, as autoridades Chinesas actuarão de forma implacável, conforme já tiveram oportunidade de afirmar.

Por favor contacte o C.O.I., se ainda não o fez, assim como os membros executivos do mesmo.
Estes senhores têm o poder de impedir mais sofrimento, agressões, mortes, detenções e desaparecimentos.
E nós temos o poder de fazer algo também! Não fique de braços cruzados!

Veja a nova entrada, do lado direito, na secção "URGENTE"

Divulgue esta mensagem pelos seus contactos !
Esclareça quem não tem informação acerca desta situação !

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Encontro entre Sarkozy e Matthieu Ricard

O Presidente Françês Nicolas Sarkozy e Matthieu Ricard, monge Budista françês, encontraram-se no Sábado. Matthieu Ricard, conhecido também pela sua função de tradutor Françês de S.S. Dalai Lama, abordou com o Presidente Françês as várias opções a ter em conta, relativamente aos protestos que têm ocorrido no Tibete.
Ricard, que não se encontra autorizado a falar em nome de S.S. Dalai Lama, afirmou que "o Presidente se encontra bastante preocupado relativamente à necessidade de abertura de um diálogo" entre ambas as partes envolvidas, e que "a questão do Tibete deveria ser resolvida de forma satisfatória."


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Aviso do PM Australiano ao governo Chinês

Kevin Rudd, o novo PM Australiano, foi o primeiro líder ocidental a visitar a China desde o início dos protestos em Março.
Dirigindo-se a estudantes da Universidade de Pequim num mandarim fluente, começou por desafiar os anfitriões ao expresssar preocupação relativamente à situação dos Direitos Humanos na região dos Himalaias.
“A actual situação no Tibete preocupa os Australianos. Reconhecemos a necessidade das partes envolvidas evitarem a violência e encontrarem uma solução através do diálogo."
E continuou "existem ainda muitos problemas na China. Problemas de pobreza, problemas de desenvolvimento desiquilibrado, problemas de poluição. Problemas de direitos humanos."
O governo Chinês já havia expressado a sua preocupação acerca de comentários anteriores realizados por Kevin Rudd, mediante os quais o PM Australiano apelava a que Pequim iniciasse um diálogo com S.S. Dalai Lama.
Numa entrevista ao Jornal "The Times", Rudd afirmou que não permitiria a presença da segurança Chinesa quando a tocha Olímpica atravessasse Canberra, este mês. Os "homens de fato-de-treino azul" foram criticados pelo seu comportamento agressivo em Londres e Paris.


Friday, April 11, 2008

C.O.I. e China

Jacques Rogge, presidente do Comité Olímpico Internacional, afirmou ontem que os Jogos Olímpicos mergulharam num clima de crise, apelando à China para que respeitasse as promessas realizadas no campo dos Direitos Humanos.
A resposta Chinesa não tardou a chegar, o ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros chinês pede ao C.O.I. que se abstenha de "factores políticos irrelevantes."
A troca de pontos de vista entre o C.O.I. e a China surge numa altura em que os ânimos se encontram ao rubro, após uma atitude condescendente do Comité face à repressão Chinesa no Tibete, desde 10 de Março.
De facto, os comentários realizados por Rogge, que se deslocou à China para um encontro com o Primeiro-Ministro Chinês Wen Jiabao e discutir os preparativos dos Jogos, foram os mais fortes desde o início dos protestos Tibetanos. Até então Rogge havia afirmado que o C.O.I. não poderia exercer qualquer influência na China. A onda de protestos em redor da passagem da tocha Olímpica por Londres, Paris e S.Francisco terá também contribuído para tal alteração de posição.
A tocha chegou ontem a Buenos Aires na Argentina, que será o único ponto de passagem na América do sul, e será protegida por cerca de 6000 polícias e guardas.
Em 2001, oficiais Chineses asseguraram que qualquer manifestante, incluíndo Tibetanos, poderia expressar as suas opiniões. "Qualquer pessoa poderá apresentar pedido de demonstração, que a polícia dará o local e hora para a mesma," afirmou Wang Wei secretário-geral do Comité de Pequim para os Jogos Olímpicos, numa conferência de imprensa em 2001.
No entanto após ter ganho a oportunidade de ser o país anfitrião dos J.O. a China afastou-se de tais promessas, insistindo que os Jogos Olímpicos são um evento desportivo que não deve ser "politizado."


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fazemos hoje um mês de existência...

Parece pouco mas sabe a tanto...

Estamos em Budapeste, no encontro anual das Organizações de Apoio ao Tibete.

E voltaremos ainda com mais empenho, iniciativas e projectos,

Por um Tibete Livre !

Obrigada pelo vosso contínuo apoio e até breve!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tibetan monks protest in front of foreign reporters

A small group of monks at a major Tibetan Buddhist monastery in northwest China defied authorities and staged a protest in front of foreign reporters on Wednesday, a witness and state media said.

About 15 monks from the Labrang monastery in Gansu province approached the journalists carrying banners and voicing support for exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, said the witness, who was on a government-controlled media tour."They said in Chinese, 'We want more freedom, more human rights and we want to see the Dalai Lama'," said Caroline Puel, a journalist with France's Le Point magazine.

The protest lasted about 10 minutes and ended when government officials conducting the tour urged the foreign journalists to leave. China's official Xinhua news agency also confirmed that a group of monks had "interrupted" the media tour, but gave few other details.

The incident marks the second time that protesting monks upstaged a media tour organised by the government through areas hit by recent Tibetan rioting. On March 27, monks at the Jokhang temple in Lhasa interrupted a similar tightly-controlled media tour aimed at showing calm had returned to the Tibetan capital. The Jokhang monks called for the return of the Dalai Lama and denounced official Chinese versions of the Tibetan unrest as "lies".


Solidariedade francesa no Nepal

Ontem de manhã o Embaixador françês no Nepal, juntamente com uma pequena delegação do Parlamento françês, visitou o Centro da Comunidade Tibetana numa demonstração de solidariedade.

Um dos parlamentares assegurou o apoio françês à causa Tibetana e os franceses prometeram que fariam voar bandeiras Tibetanas lado a lado com bandeiras nacionais, em diferentes cidades francesas.

Who are the men in blue?

They wear bright blue tracksuits and Beijing Olympic organizers call them "flame attendants."
But a military bearing hints at their true pedigree: paramilitary police sent by Beijing to guard the Olympic flame during its journey around the world.
Torchbearers have criticized the security detail for aggressive behaviour, and a top London Olympics official simply called them "thugs." "They were barking orders at me, like 'Run! Stop! This! That!' and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, who are these people?"' former television host Konnie Huq told British Broadcasting Corp. radio about her encounter with the men in blue during London's leg of the relay Sunday.

Officially, Beijing has said only that the unit's mission was to guard the flame, in keeping with practices of past Olympic games. Members were picked from special police units of the People's Armed Police, China's internal security force. The requirements for the job: to be "tall, handsome, mighty, in exceptional physical condition similar to that of professional athletes," the state-run China News Service said.

Special police units are the top tier of the paramilitary corps, chosen for skills in martial arts, marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat, according to sinodefense.com, a British-based website specializing in Chinese military affairs. The training for the Olympic flame detail included daily mountain runs of at least 10 kilometres and lessons in protocol. They also learned basic commands such as "go," "step back," "speed up" and "slow down" in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese, the China News Service said. But as the torch made a stormy procession through London and Paris, the military training rather than the protocol seemed to come to the fore.

At least one torchbearer said she clashed with the squad, and others have criticized their heavy-handed tactics.Yolaine De La Bigne, a French environmental journalist who was a torchbearer in Paris, told The Associated Press she tried to wear a headband with a Tibetan flag, but the Chinese agents ripped it away from her. "It was seen and then, after four seconds, all the Chinese security pounced on me. There were at least five or six (of them). They started to get angry" and shouted "No! No! No!" in English, she said.De La Bigne tried to push several agents away as they grabbed her arm. She said two French athletes who are martial arts experts tried to help her and clashed briefly with the security detail.

The chairman of the London 2012 Games, Sebastian Coe, was even more blunt."They tried to push me out of the way three times. They are horrible. They did not speak English. They were thugs," Coe, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was quoted as saying in British media. A spokeswoman for the London 2012 Olympics committee confirmed that Coe was quoted accurately, but added that he thought he was making private comments.The Olympic flame wasn't part of the ancient games, and the torch relay didn't become a fixture in the modern Olympics until the 1936 Berlin Games, when it was part of the Nazi pageantry that promoted Hitler's beliefs of Aryan supremacy in the world of sports.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Face à notícia alusiva a um eventual boicote da cerimónia de abertura dos Jogos Olímpicos,

por parte do Parlamento da União Europeia,

P.f contacte os euro-deputados portugueses apelando a tal

face à contínua violação dos direitos humanos do povo Tibetano.

João de Deus Pinheiro: jpinheiro@europarl.eu.int

Sérgio Marques: smarques@europarl.eu.int

Pedro Guerreiro: bloco.esquerda@bloco.org

Fausto Correia: fcorreia@europarl.eu.int

Francisco Assis: fassis@europarl.eu.int

Jamila Madeira: jmadeira@europarl.eu.int

European Parliament may call for boycott

The European Parliament is expected to call on Wednesday for a boycott by EU leaders of the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics, unless China engages in talks with the Dalai Lama over the violence in Tibet.

The main political groups within the EU assembly met on Monday to agree a cross-party resolution outlining how they believe the 27-member bloc should respond to last month's anti-Chinese protests in the Himalayan province.

The resolution, to be voted upon on Wednesday and obtained by Reuters, says:
"The European Parliament calls on the EU presidency in office to strive to find a common EU position with regard to attendance at the Olympic Games opening ceremony with the option of non-attendance in the event if there is no resumption of dialogue between the Chinese authorities and His Holiness the Dalai Lama."


Monday, April 7, 2008

Em S. Francisco...

Três pessoas protestanto contra a violação dos Direitos Humanos por parte da China e a eminente chegada da tocha Olímpica, subiram a ponte Golden Gate prendendo uma bandeira Tibetana e dois estandartes aos seus cabos. Nos mesmos podia ser lido "One World One Dream. Free Tibet" e "Free Tibet."

A tocha Olímpica chegará na quarta-feira a S. Francisco. Tem viajado entre protestos e contestação, acreditamos que o mesmo acontecerá em S. Francisco...

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Protestos também em Paris

A tocha Olímpica foi extinta por funcionários da organização seguindo viagem por autocarro, devido aos protestos anti-China na capital francesa.

Tal como aconteceu em Londres, o percurso da tocha foi sensivelmente encurtado e a polícia parisiense concebeu um plano se segurança que visa manter a tocha em segurança ao longo do percurso a cobrir (28 km).

Os portadores da tocha estarão rodeados de centenas de polícias, em carros, motas, alguns em patins e outros a pé. O portador da tocha encontra-se rodeado de acompanhantes Chineses, em redor dos quais se movem polícias em patins. Bombeiros franceses correrão à sua volta e o círculo de protecção é fechado por motas policiais. Tudo para assegurar a "Viagem de Harmonia" da tocha Olímpica...

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Tumultuosa passagem da Tocha Olímpica por Londres

Cerca de trinta e cinco pessoas foram ontem detidas, na sequência de confrontos entre manifestantes pró-Tibete e a polícia londrina, à medida que a tocha Olímpica atravessava a cidade.

Os protestos começaram logo que a viagem da tocha teve início em Wembley, levando a polícia a reforçar a segurança na cidade.

Houve uma alteração não divulgada da rota da tocha e a embaixadora Chinesa chegou mesmo a leva-la através de Chinatown, após ter anunciado que o não o faria devido a reunião com membros do Comité organizador dos Jogos Olímpicos.

Imagens da passagem da tocha por Londres foram transmitidas pela televisão estatal Chinesa, no entanto os protestos não o foram.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

While extending my warm greetings to all the Tibetans in Tibet, I would like to share some of my thoughts.
1. Since March 10 this year, we have witnessed protests and demonstrations in almost all parts of Tibet, even in a few cities in Mainland China by students, which are the outburst of long pent-up physical and mental anguish of the Tibetans and the feeling of deep resentment against the suppression of the rights of Tibetan people, lack of religious freedom and for trying to distort the truth at every occasion, such as saying that Tibetans look towards the Chinese Communist Party as the "Living Buddha", is an ultra leftist statement and smacks of Han chauvinism. I am very much saddened and concerned by the use of arms to suppress the peaceful demonstrations of Tibetan people's aspirations that have resulted in unrest in Tibet, causing many deaths, and much more causalities, detention, and injury. Such suppression and suffering are very unfortunate and tragic which will reduce any compassionate person to tears. I, however, feel helpless in the face of these tragic incidents.
2. I pray for all the Tibetans as well as Chinese who have lost their lives during the current crisis.
3. The recent protests all over Tibet have not only contradicted but also shattered the People Republic of China’s propaganda that except for a few "reactionaries", the majority of Tibetans enjoy a prosperous and contented life. These protests have made it very clear that Tibetans in the three provinces of Tibet, U-tsang, Kham and Amdo, harbor the same aspirations and hopes. These protests have also conveyed to the world that the Tibet issue can no longer be neglected. These protests highlight the need to find a way to resolve the issue through "finding truth from facts". The courage and determination of those Tibetans who have, for the greater interests of Tibetan people, demonstrated their deep anguish and hopes by risking everything is very commendable as the world community has acknowledged and supported the spirit of these Tibetans.
4. I deeply appreciate the acts of many Tibetan government employees and Communist Party cadres who have, without losing their Tibetan identity, shown grit and sense of what is right during the present crisis. In future, I would appeal to the Tibetan Party cadres and government employees not to look always for their personal benefit, but to work for safeguarding the larger interests of Tibet by reporting the real sentiments of the Tibetan people to their superiors in the Party and try to give unbiased guidance to the Tibetan people.
5. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Nobel Laureates, Parliamentarians, and concerned citizens from every part of the world have been sending clear and strong messages to the Chinese leadership to stop the present ongoing harsh crackdown against the Tibetan people. They have all been encouraging the Chinese government to follow a path where a mutually beneficial solution could be reached. We should create an opportunity for their efforts to bring out positive results. I know you are being provoked at every level but it is important to stick to our non-violent practice.
6. The Chinese authorities have been making false allegations against myself and the Central Tibetan Administration for instigating and orchestrating the recent events in Tibet. These allegations are totally untrue. I have made repeated appeals for an independent and respected international body to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter. I am sure this independent body will uncover the truth. If the People’s Republic of China has any basis and proof of evidence to back their allegations, they need to disclose these to the world. Just making allegations is not enough.
7. For the future of Tibet, I have decided to find a solution within the framework of the People's Republic of China. Since 1974, I have sincerely remained steadfast to the mutually beneficial Middle-Way Approach. The whole world knows this. The Middle-Way Approach means that all Tibetans must be governed by similar administration that enjoys meaningful National Regional Autonomy and all the provisions in it, self-rule and full decision-making, except for matters concerning foreign relations and national defense. However, I have said it from the beginning that the Tibetans in Tibet have the right to make the final decision for the future of Tibet.
8. The hosting of the Olympic games this year is a matter of great pride to the 1.2 billion Chinese people. I have from the very beginning supported the holding of these Games in Beijing. My position on this remains unchanged. I feel the Tibetans should not cause any hindrance to the Games. It is the legitimate right of every Tibetan to struggle for their freedoms and rights. On the other hand, it will be futile and not helpful to anyone if we do something that will create hatred in the minds of the Chinese people. On the contrary, we need to foster trust and respect in our hearts in order to create a harmonious society, as this cannot be built on the basis of force and intimidation.
9. Our struggle is with a few in the leadership of the People's Republic of China and not with the Chinese people. Therefore we should never cause misunderstanding or do something that will hurt the Chinese people. Even during this difficult situation, many Chinese intellectuals, writers and lawyers in Mainland China and other parts of the world have sympathized and shown us their solidarity by issuing statements, writing articles and offering pledges of support that is overwhelming. I have recently issued an appeal to the Chinese people all over the world on 28th March, which I hope you will hear and read.
10. If the present situation in Tibet continues, I am very much concerned that the Chinese government will unleash more force and increase the suppression of Tibetan people. Because of my moral obligation and responsibility to the Tibetan people, I have repeatedly asked the concerned leadership of the PRC to immediately stop their suppression in all parts of Tibet and withdraw its armed police and troops. If this brings result, I would also advise the Tibetans to stop all the current protests.
11. I want to urge my fellow Tibetans who live in freedom outside Tibet to be extra vigilant as they voice their feelings on the developments in Tibet. We should not engage in any action that could be even remotely interpreted as violent. Even under the most provocative of situations we must not allow our most precious and deeply held values to be compromised. I firmly believe that we will achieve success through our non-violent path. We must be wise to understand where the unprecedented affection and support for our cause stems from.
12. As Tibet is currently virtually closed and no international media is allowed there, I doubt my message will reach the Tibetans in Tibet. But I hope through media and by word of mouth, it will be passed on to the majority of you.
13. Finally, I want to reiterate and appeal once again to Tibetans to practice non-violence and not waver from this path, however serious the situation might be.
The Dalai LamaDharamsala
April 6, 2008
(N.B. Translated from the Tibetan original)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

China pressiona Nepal

A China pressionou as autoridades Nepalesas de modo a que empreguem medidas mais firmes que impeçam os protestos Tibetanos na capital Nepalesa.

O comunicado foi emitido pela embaixada Chinesa em Kathamndu, onde a polícia Nepalesa tem vindo a deter manifestantes Tibetanos numa base quase diária.

Várias organizações de direitos humanos e grupos de apoio ao Tibete manifestaram já a sua preocupação relativamente ao número de detenções realizado e a violência com que os manifestantes são tratados.
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Activistas pró-Tibete detidos

Quatro activistas Tibetanos foram detidos esta manhã, após dois deles terem descido da ponte de Westminster tornando visível uma enorme faixa onde se lia "Um Mundo, Um Sonho: Tibete Livre 2008.

A acção teve lugar na véspera da controversa chegada da tocha Olímpica a Londres. Milhares de Tibetanos e apoiantes são esperados nas ruas de Londres amanhã, como forma de condenação da contínua repressão Chinesa sobre os manifestantes no Tibete.

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Até quando ?

Pelo menos oito Tibetanos faleceram na quinta-feira, na província Sichuan, após a polícia Chinesa ter disparado sobre uma multidão de centenas de monges e civis.

No seguimento da intensificação das campanhas de "educação patriótica" por parte das autoridades Chinesas em diversos mosteiros, vários monges negaram-se a participar nas mesmas, que envolviam nomeadamente atirar para o chão fotografias de S.S. o Dalai Lama.

Entramos numa nova fase de protestos no Tibete, sob a forma de respostas às campanhas políticas Chinesas que obrigam a denunciar S.S. o Dalai Lama, por parte dos Tibetanos.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Cancel Olympic torch relay in Tibet: Dalai Lama's envoy

A special envoy of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, called on Beijing Thursday to cancel plans to carry the Olympic torch through Tibet, saying it was a "provocative" move after the Chinese crackdown of protests in the Himalayan territory.
"This idea of taking the torch through Tibet, I really think, should be cancelled precisely because that would be very deliberately provocative and very insulting after what has happened," envoy Lodi Gyari told a US congressional hearing.Pro-Tibet protesters had earlier demanded the Olympic torch be kept out of the Himalayan territory as part of the scheduled 130-day relay itinerary, saying carrying the flame there could trigger more unrest.
The torch will pass through Tibet for the Everest leg in May, and then again when it goes through Lhasa in June. Chinese officials have already pledged tight security for the Tibetan legs. But Gyari told American lawmakers that if the Chinese authorities went ahead with the torch run in Tibet, it "would bring more adverse publicity" to the Olympic Games in Beijing.He said the International Olympic Committee, if they wanted the games to be successful, "should tell China, 'Look that stretch of relay through Tibet needs to be cancelled.'"Under the present circumstances, it would be really very insulting to the sentiment of the Tibetan people," said Gyari, who had led the Dalai Lama's delegation in six rounds of talks so far with the Chinese authorities to press for "meaningful autonomy" in Tibet.
China has accused the Dalai Lama of trying to take the Olympic Games "hostage" over Tibet, a charge which the spiritual leader calls "baseless."The Dalai Lama had openly said that he supported the games hosted by China.Gyari said China must bear full responsibility for the bloody turmoil in Tibet as he had warned in all the negotiations with Beijing so far that the Chinese authorities should not push Tibetans to their limits."What is happening in Tibet, the Chinese government must bear full responsibility. At every meeting in the last six years I told the Chinese, 'Please, you are pushing our people to the limits. If you continue pushing this policy, an unfortunate situation can happen.""But they did not listen," Gyari said, accusing Beijing of "marginalization of the people Tibet" even though it was supposed to an autonomous region."Tibet has become, particularly in the last few weeks, in every sense, an occupied province, brutally occupied" by the Chinese military, he said. "The Chinese communist party is running our monasteries."
Gyari urged US legislators to press Beijing to allow the United States to set up a permanent diplomatic mission in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, as required under US law.Under the Tibetan Policy Act signed into law by US President George W. Bush in 2002, the State Department "should make best efforts to establish an office in Lhasa to monitor political, economic, and cultural developments in Tibet."He also urged the US Congress to send an urgent mission to look into the plight of the Tibetans, some of whom he said were not give access to medical treatment after suffering injuries during Beijing's crackdown.House of Representatives Republican lawmaker Chris Smith, who chaired the hearing, said he had introduced a resolution in the House urging the Chinese government to "provide details of each Tibetan arrested and allow access by diplomats and international observers to their trials."


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Paris City Hall and athletes to highlight human rights during Olympic torch relay

A banner supporting human rights will be draped over Paris City Hall when the Olympic torch relay passes through the French capital on Monday.

Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said City Hall will display the banner because "Paris defends human rights all over the world."Delanoe spoke Wednesday at the announcement of the route for the torch relay which will start at the Eiffel Tower.

David Douillet, a two-time gold medalist in judo, said torch carriers will wear badges as a "distinctive sign" celebrating free expression, without saying what will be written on them.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) promised to protest China's crackdown on demonstrations in Tibet. Robert Menard, the group's president, condemned China as "the biggest prison in the world" and said his members would wear T-shirts during the relay with the five rings of the Olympic logo depicted as handcuffs.

"(There is) a contradiction between the International Olympic Committee and human rights," said Menard, adding that not enough has been done by France's Olympic Committee (CNOSF) to pressure the IOC over China. "The French Olympic Committee did not want us to reach an understanding with us (over Tibet)," said Menard, who was wearing the handcuffs T-shirt.

"We will take action the day of the procession."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Relato de Miguel Sacramento

O Sérgio Silva recebeu o seguinte relato enviado pelo Miguel Sacramento, que passamos a publicar.

Namaste (ou Bom Dia) Caros Amigos,
Acabei de chegar a Kathmandu no Nepal. Conseguimos sair há 7 dias de Lhasa, no Tibete (um autêntico cenário de guerra). Arranjámos um Land Cruiser e percorremos toda a Friendship Highway, cruzando os Himalaias e fazendo uma escala obrigatória no Everest Base Camp.
Foi uma das viagens mais espectaculares que já fiz, mas ao mesmo tempo uma das mais complicadas e tristes da minha vida. Fomos o último grupo de estrangeiros a conseguir sair de Lhasa sem sermos enviados de volta de avião e também os únicos a conseguir a licença (missão quase impossível) para entrar no Everest Base Camp.
A minha viagem ao Tibete deixou-me um sabor muito amargo na boca. Se por um lado realizei um sonho de infância, estar na base do Everest (ainda nao foi desta que fui lá cima), por outro, pude ver ao vivo com os meus próprios olhos o medo com que o Povo Tibetano vive e a brutalidade que o governo chinês usa para os controlar, silenciar e oprimir.
Para nós, além de violento psicologicamente, tornou-se mais complicado porque acabou por se saber que eu e a Clara fomos as duas únicas testemunhas do princípio de tudo (no mosteiro de Drepung, onde estávamos no dia 10 de Marco, por acaso). Ficámos imediatamente controlados pela polícia ao ponto de, a caminho para o Nepal, nos dizerem que estávamos presos no hotel. O nosso mail e telefone ficaram, também, imediatamente controlados e as nossas máquinas fotográficas bem inspeccionadas.
Vimos a maior violência policial que podem maginar, sobre pessoas desarmadas. Não vimos ninguém morrer, mas sabemos que muitos dos monges com quem estivemos durante todo o dia 10, morreram depois, nesse mesmo dia.
A situacão que se vive no Tibete é verdadeiramente séria e complicada e testemunhámos pessoalmente situacões muito graves e violentas. Durante estes últimos dias, na viagem de Lhasa-Everest-Kathmandu, fomos completamente controlados pelos polícias e militares chineses. No Tibete, como no resto da China toda a informacão é controlada e censurada. Por isso só agora pude enviar este mail.
Peço-vos um grande favor, divulguem o que se está a passar no Tibete a todos os vossos contactos.
A constante violacão dos direitos humanos pelas autoridades chinesas, a propaganda, e a manipulacão de toda a informacão, é algo de inacreditável para nós Portugueses do pós 25 de Abril.
Os Tibetanos, como um dos povos mais pacíficos, acolhedores e generosos que já conheci, merecem ser Livres e Felizes!!!
Volto a referir: por coincidência, estávamos no Mosteiro de Drepung, precisamente no local e hora a que tudo começou e assistimos pessoalmente à forma como os militares chineses trataram os monges que apenas queriam celebrar, pacífica e ordeiramente, o 10 de março - o mesmo dia em que no ano de 1959 os militares chineses assassinaram centenas de pessoas que se manifestavam pacificamente na praça principal de Lhasa pela falta de liberdade de expressão e violação contínua dos Direitos Humanos pelo governo chinês.
Devido aos cortes de energia, tenho muito pouco tempo e a ligação à net está também muito complicada. Mais tarde contarei mais pormenores.
Muito obrigado pela atenção e também pelos vossos mails e comentários no nosso blog.
Espero que esteja tudo bem com voçês. Nós estamos muito bem, ao contrário dos Amigos que deixámos no Tibete.
Grande Abraço e Beijos

Well said !

The IOC lives in a wonderland of 18th century amateur ideals and are determined to remain apolitical which is practically a joke given the way quadrennial Olympiad has become the most politicised sporting event ever: Germany 1936 (Hitler v Jesse Owens), Mexico 1968 (Tommie Smith and John Carlos), various Olympiads 1948-84 (cold war politics), Munich 1972 (murdered Israeli athletes), Montreal 1976 (African boycott), Moscow 1980 (Western boycott), Los Angeles 1984 (reciprocal eastern boycott).

Despite the IOC website stating their belief that "sport is a powerful tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation" they show more agility than a gymnast when it comes to avoiding political questions in general and China's contravention of human rights specifically.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said last week. "NGOs and human rights activists want to leverage the games and ask the IOC to act along by their side. The IOC respects NGOs and activist groups and their causes, and speaks regularly with them but we are neither a political nor an activist organisation.

"The events in Tibet are a matter of great concern to the IOC. The IOC has already expressed the hope that this conflict should be resolved peacefully as soon as possible. The IOC will continue to respect human rights."

These ostriches need to stop hoping and start doing something.
In sweeping aside the Tibet issue, Rogge neatly passed the torch of protest and revelation to the media: "We believe that China will change by opening the country to the scrutiny of the world through the 25,000 media who will attend the games.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

China arrest over 572 monks from Kirti Monastery in two-day raid

From credible information received from multiple sources in Tibet by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), a total of 572 monks from Ngaba Kirti Monastery were arrested by the Chinese People's Armed Police (PAP) and Public Security Bureau (PSB) following a two day raid in monks' residence on 28 and 29 March 2008.
As reported earlier by the Centre, more information on the number of monks arrested following two days of raids in Ngaba Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County (Ch:Aba Xian), Ngaba " Tibet Autonomous Prefecture" ('TAP'), Sichuan Province, is surfacing from the area. According to several credible sources, a total of 572 monks including novice as young as ten years old from Kirti Monastery were known to have been arrested in two days' raid at the monastery by PAP and PSB officials.
Before the launch of raids in the monastery on 28 March, hundreds of PAP and PSB reached the monastery, dispersed people, mostly devotees and visitors gathered around the monastery compound, and ordered surrounding shops to be shut down. During the sudden and thorough raid, monks with modern communication gadgets such as mobile phones, cameras, computers or MP3 players in their residences were known to have been arrested under suspicion of having communicated with the exile Tibetan communities. The PAP and PSB ransacked every room of the monastery, baring every box and cupboard with rifle butts. There were even reports of security forces taking advantage by taking away valuable items from monks' residences.
The sources also confirmed that in an attempt to hurt the religious sentiment of the Buddhist monks, the PAP and PSB officials forced monks to step over the portraits of the Dalai Lama found in monks' residences. The security forces even took photographs of monks who were coerced to hold the banned Tibetan national flag and portrait of the Dalai Lama to use as evidence of their crimes. The sources confirmed that symbolic ceremonial weapons hung on the statues of protecting deities inside the monastery altar were also reported to have been confiscated, and were accused of being weapons used by the protesters.

Beijing games participants and visitors urged to wear “Freedom” badge

Reporters Without Borders would like all those planning to attend the Olympic Games in Beijing to wear a badge with the word “Freedom” in Chinese characters. The press freedom organisation has created a series of five badges in the colours of the Olympic rings for this purpose.

“We are calling on athletes, journalists, members of official delegations and members of the public who are going to go to Beijing for the Olympic Games to wear this badge and to start wearing it now,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“This will enable athletes participating in the games to express their concern about the human rights situation in China,” the organisation added.
“With less than five months to go to the opening ceremony, as many people as possible must join in this protest.”

Gesto de solidariedade

O capitão da equipa de football da Índia, Bhaichung Bhutia, recusará carregar a chama Olímpica que chegará ao seu país dentro de duas semanas

Pretende desta forma protestar contra a repressão Chinesa no Tibete, e demonstrar a sua solidariedade para com o povo Tibetano

A tocha Olímpica deverá chegar à Índia a 17 de Abril e será rodeada de grande segurança devido ao peso da comuniade Tibetana aí exilada.