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Dalai Lama Calls China Cultural Genocide

Dalai Lama: China's "Cultural Genocide," China Blocks YouTube

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?


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jedimasterarmi jedimasterarmi 9 years
how awful!
remedios remedios 9 years
I was wondering when the complaints about the commie bastards would start flowing in.
onabanana onabanana 9 years
Oh and, unless you're going in the capacity of a journalist/photographer, your visa paper work should be done in 1 week at most.
onabanana onabanana 9 years
rkdub: There are many different ethnic groups that live in China and Chinese people look very diverse, contrary to popular belief; however I do think those pictured are Nepalese or Indian, as I don't think those are the uniform colors of the Chinese military. There were monks detained in Nepal and India for protesting the Chinese embassy. I might be wrong. You should be fine in China, I'm leaving for several weeks in about a month. I'm not sure how much news the regular people in China are getting about this issue and if they are getting news it's very one-sided. No use in discussing this with anyone there. I asked a few people last time I was there about Taiwan and the question didn't really register.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Urgh, rkdub--that doesn't surprise me. Have fun in China, though :)
rkdub rkdub 9 years
Actually, those are Chinese soldiers suppressing Tibetan followers.... Chinese people can look a variety of ways, the country is HUGE and has many different "flavors" of people.... I am going to China for a few weeks in about a month and a half, and Tibet is such a huge issue right now.... I am actually doing my visa paperwork right now and it says right on the form that if you even so much as mention Tibet or northwestern China, you will be denied entry.
DigitalChick DigitalChick 9 years
Whoever puts up such a picture in this article has no brain. Anyone with IQ higher than 80 can recognize that those soldiers are NOT Chinese!
kia kia 9 years
I have been surprised that there has been greater media attention about the China/Darfur relationship to date as the Olympics approach. I mean what China has done to Tibet is not something that should be so easily forgotten.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
I was aghast when they announced that China was getting the Olympics. In general, you don't correct a problem child's behavior by rewarding them, at least until they've demonstrated change. Same principle applies here.
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
boycott china.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Ahhh, yes. Because the way to deal with accusations of suppression of dissent is by...suppressing access to footage of dissent.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
There's been a lot of rumblings about people boycotting the Olympics, I really wonder how many will do that when push comes to shove...
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
What can you really say about the Chinese government's policies? i mean i expect no less and no more from them.
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