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Game's Over, Free Tibet!

September 1, 2008

by tsampa
Students For a Free Tibet Canada
August 27, 2008

The Beijing 2008 Olympics closed the way it opened - with SFT
protestors making sure that the Tibet issue was very kept very much
alive midst of this "celebration". During the closing ceremony
itself, one could not help notice the disconnect between the CCP
officials and the Chinese people. These officials, with stern looks
on their faces in the stands, just seemed to watch ominously at the
big exuberant event taking place on the ground. Some media picked up
on this story and personally, I feel hopeful that change is about to
take place.

Most importantly, the Olympics were granted to China with promises
that it would allow improve human rights and allow more freedom in
China and Tibet. Even the Dalai Lama mentioned that he supports the
Olympics for these very same reasons and also that it was a huge
pride for the Chinese people. However, what we witnessed on ground
was totally different. From the opening ceremony sham where
firelights were "edited" and a Chinese girl being not worthy of
singing due to her looks to thousands of plain clothes security
police on the streets to take down any protests - the CCP led China
clearly backtracked on its promises. Not even a single application
was approved for these "protest zones". The world has witnessed the
farce policies of this totalitarian regime. Despite the presence of
hundreds of thousands of visitors, the international media, and the
world leaders (the few that chose to attend), the CCP pulled off this
huge propaganda show covered with lies. Take a second to imagine the
CCP treatment if no one was there to report it, like in Tibet. The
CCP have always claimed the Tibetans inside Tibet were content and
put up skewed facts and figures to support it. When the uprising
began in March, not just within the Tibet Autonomous region (TAR) but
all over Tibet, the military was sent in and hundreds have died and
thousands are still in prison. Over fifty SFT activists unfurled
banners, staged die-ins, and held press conference to highlight this
issue and advocate what Tibetans wanted - freedom and independence.
These courageous people were detained for questioning and some were
held for over a week. All the Tibetans, their supporters, and people
of conscience all around the world thank them for their brave
actions. Please visit www.freetibet2008.tv to see their actions.

The Games are over, but our struggle continues. Tibetans all over
world will continue to push even harder to demand positive tangible
changes inside Tibet. The world has been exposed to this corrupt and
brutal regime and its iron-fist rule over Tibet. The Tibet
Independence movement was and continues to be based on truth and
justice for its people while the CCP tries to cover up its path of
lies. History has shown us that the latter is not feasible enough and
cracks will start appearing soon.

Bhod Gyalo! Free Tibet
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