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Letter: We must keep speaking out about Tibet

September 1, 2008

Letter the editor
The Ottawa Citizen
August 28, 2008

I was saddened during a recent peaceful demonstration at the Human
Rights Memorial in Ottawa, organized to show solidarity with the
people of Tibet. Two women drove up and began shouting at our group,
saying things like "You are stupid. You do not know China. You cannot
do this." This outburst saddened me for two reasons. First, because
these women are living in a free society which respects human rights
and freedom of speech, but these values don't seem to have made an
impression on them. Secondly, I'm afraid this harangue is a
reflection of what the Tibetan people will soon face as the Chinese
government begins its post-Olympic crackdown on Tibet. The plan was
outlined in an internal Communist Party document that was leaked to
the British press, which translated and published it in mid-July.

I urge supporters of human rights everywhere to do what these women
don't want you to do: Make your voices heard in opposition to any
such oppression!

E. V. Baeyer,
Ottawa
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