Yesterday the Dalai Lama accused China of waging “cultural genocide” against his followers in Tibet and called for an international investigation into the increasingly violent suppression of protests. It was the Dalai Lama's strongest defense of Tibetan Buddhists staging an uprising against Chinese rule to date. He endorsed the right of his people to protest their grievances peacefully against Chinese authorities, adding that he would not ask Tibetans to surrender to Chinese military police by midnight on Monday, as Beijing has demanded.
Some Tibetans are hoping for outright independence from China and feel that they have the perfect political opportunity to call attention to change as China prepares for the Olympic Games, moving centerstage and sparking intense scrutiny of its human rights record.
In response to the protests, Internet users in China were blocked from accessing YouTube yesterday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the video website. The videos posted Saturday showed foreign news reports about the demonstrations, with photos and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad. The Chinese government is silent on its move to prevent access to YouTube. Users trying to call up the YouTube were presented with a blank screen.
Do you think the move by China to block access to this information just serves to underscore the Dalai Lama's point?