Saturday, March 22, 2008


FREE TIBET


I feel strongly that we (as in the UK) ought to boycott the Olympic Games in China if the violence continues in Tibet.

For an update on what's happening, Joy (Indiajoy on Ravelry) lives on the Indian side of the Himalayas and is getting reports from friends in Tibet - see Joy's blog. My heart aches for Tibetans and I feel helpless to do anything except wring my hands... the very least I can do is help spread the word.
I just signed an urgent petition calling on the Chinese government to respect human rights in Tibet and dialogue with the Dalai Lama. (though I'm not sure how effective petitions are!) But it is really important so here are the links:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/tibet_end_the_violence/98.php/?CLICK_TF_TRACK
After nearly 50 years of Chinese rule, the Tibetans are sending out a global cry for change. Violence is spreading across Tibet and neighbouring regions, and the Chinese regime is right now making a crucial choice between tougher crackdown or dialogue.
President Hu Jintao needs to hear that "Made in China" exports and the upcoming Olympics in Beijing will have the support of the world's people only if he chooses dialogue. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get his attention. Click below to sign the petition - in just 3 days, the campaign is almost half way to the goal of 1 million signatures!
http://www.avaaz.org/en/tibet_end_the_violence/98.php/?CLICK_TF_TRACK Thank you so much for your help

5 comments:

Rosie said...

thanks for these links. wiping tears away.

Helen said...

Couldn't agree more.

EnnaVic said...

Agree absolutely. I am embarrassed by my Govt (NZ) being about to sign a free trade agreement with China. As a country which usually takes the moral high ground on ethical issues I think the timing on this sucks.

blog-blethers said...

Have signed and hope the message is heard...

maylin said...

And shouldn't we all be boycotting yarn from China? Besides the reasons you stated they have an apalling environmental record. Checkout Jeni's bog at Fyberspates and Amandas at http://thenaturaldyestudio.blogspot.com/ for info.