Chinese Block YouTube Over Tibet !!
by linfar, Sun Mar 16, 2008 at 01:10:28 PM EDT
The Tibetan uprising in China continues to grow. At this writing over 100 are reported dead. Tibetan monks and nuns are facing Chinese tanks with Tibetan prayer flags.
Now the AP is reporting today that
Internet users in China were blocked from seeing YouTube.com on Sunday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the popular U.S. video Web site.
The blocking added to the communist government's efforts to control what the public saw and heard about protests that erupted Friday in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, against Chinese rule.
Access to YouTube.com, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the Lhasa demonstrations, montages of photos and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad.
The first blog about the Tibet UpRising appeared here on mydd late last week.
It is now at SavagePolitics.com and is cross-posted here with links to the latest news reports of the mounting rebellion.
`Land of Snows' UpRising: Lhasa Burning, Power Lines Cut, Death Toll Rising
There is terror once more in the Land of Snows which has been under Chinese occupation by force of arms for close to 50 years.
New rioting by thousands of monks and angry crowds in Tibet has swept out of Lhasa across the nation and the region. Nepal has closed climbing on Mt. Everest.
For more than 6 days now since the March 10 Remembrance of the Tibetan's 49-year-old Fight For Freedom, thousands of protests have sprung up everywhere. This includes the Potala Palace and the the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa where protesters burned shops and vehicles and yelled for Independence.
As in Burma, the revolt began with peaceful street marches by Tibetan Buddhist monks over the past several days. These gave way to angry crowds of hundreds who confronted anti-riot police.
US funded Radio Free Asia said Chinese police have fired on rioting Tibetan protesters killing at least 100. Four police officers have been injured.
According to Reuters the protest is the biggest in two decades and the Dalai Lama has warned Beijing against using "brute force."
Both Hillary Clinton and her opponent for the Democratic nomination have issues statements condemning the Chinese use of force.
Updates as of March 16, here:
As of March 15, bellow:
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/crackdo wn-as-10-burnt-to-death-in-tibet-riots/2 008/03/15/1205472170804.html
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/pressur e-mounts-on-china-over-tibet/2008/03/15/ 1205472138849.html
My heart cries for Tibet once again, and I am reminded of a day still vivid in my mind when I tried to fight for a free Tibet.
Twenty years ago I looked out the window of a creaky old bus jerking down a dirt road into Nepal. We had just crossed the border from Tibet. Suddenly, the bus driver steered the bus over to the side of the road. When it stopped I looked around as confused as everyone else. Then someone said, "He is crying. The bus driver is crying." And then another voice shouted, "They are rioting in Lhasa. The uprising has begun."
I was a young Buddhist and in my weeks in Tibet visiting Kagyu monasteries destroyed by the Chinese, I had listened heartbroken to the Tibetans who everywhere out of sight of the Chinese would hold out their hands, fingers inviting:
"Dalai Lama. You have picture. Dalai lama!"
In Tibet spiritual practice is not separate because it is the way you are- it is your life. Never was this more clear than one day on another bus traveling across the great Tibetan plateau, where we suffered a breakdown. Everyone piled off the bus, and after attending to bathroom visits out in the brush we wandered about in the great vastness of sky and dirt that is this incredibly desolate wildness.
I settled down with my travel notebook to write. At some point I looked up. To my right the Chinese were huddled around the engine gesturing and shouting instructions of how to fix the machine. To my left a young Tibetan man was lying prone, his face inches from a flower that was growing in the stubble on the plateau. Could there be a clearer picture of how different these two peoples are, I wondered. But my sympathies were all with the flower watcher.
In our early days in our room in Lhasa, as we adjusted to the altitude, we lay about for hours which is about all you can do to acclimate. And we grew friendly with the Tibetan woman who ran our guest house. One night as we dropped off some things we had found in the market for her she motioned us inside. And then she told us about her life in the "New" Tibet.
Her husband was in prison. Her daughter had been taken forcibly from her and sent to Beijing to go to school to be a `good' Chinese. She could not practice her religion, it was banned. All meetings of Tibetans were suspect. Spies were everywhere. And she had been forced to sell all her family heirlooms in the Jokhang to tourists in order to live. Before the Chinese, the Tibetans lived by a centuries old method of barter. Now the Chinese had forbidden bartering, and if one had no money, you could not `buy' the necessities of life.
No one will ever know how many Tibetan monks were slaughtered and how many monasteries were destroyed in the early Chinese occupation of Tibet. But thousands and thousands of monks were cut down by machine gun, freedom fighters too were massacred by Chinese army units and thousands of monasteries were destroyed by mortar fire and bombs. Some monasteries at the time I was there were being rebuilt, but it was mostly for show and to bring in tourist dollars. The persecution of Buddhists went forward relentlessly.
One night my friend and I brought a Buddhist monk with us to our favorite noodle shop. I realized when we walked inside that something seemed not right, but I dismissed it. However, our monk guest said, "They are Muslim, you know. They will never forgive you for bringing me." We bade him to enjoy his meal which was on us, as is the custom with monks because they have no money. But the hatred from the other patrons was palpable and enjoying the food was difficult. Before the Chinese occupation there had been no Muslims in Tibet.
This was in 1987 and it was the last great Tibetan uprising. When I traveled back to the border, intending to stand with the Tibetan people believing that westerners who did so would bring attention to the horror, I was turned back. The border was sealed.
It has been decades since calls for independence in Tibet have been so vocal. Red-robed Tibetan Buddhist monks have once more taken to the streets of the capital Lhasa. It has been 49 years since the People's Liberation Army over ran Tibet and forced the Dalai Lama into exile. But what is happening now appears to be the largest open protest in Lhasa since the demonstrations I remember in the late 1980s. That uprising led to an imposition of martial law in Tibet in 1989.
Still, scores of Tibetan activists have begun the perilous journey on foot from Dharamsala, home of the exiled Dalai Lama, to Tibet. The veteran Tibetan activist Tenzin Tsundue said:
"I am walking to Tibet again... I am returning home; why should I bother about papers from the Chinese colonial regime who have not only occupied Tibet, but are also running a military rule there; making our people in Tibet live in tyranny and brutal suppression day after day, every day for 50 years." SOURCE
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