Thursday, June 5, 2014

Week Ending June 6, 2014

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 6 June 2014

Self-Immolations, Protests, Releases and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen released from prison - Filming for Tibet
4 June | In a phone call to Gyaljong Tsetrin, a very emotional Dhondup Wangchen said: “At this moment, I feel that everything inside me is in a sea of tears. I hope to recover my health soon. I would like to express my feeling of deepest gratitude for all the support I received while in prison and I want to be reunited with my family.”

Tibetan Monastery Leaders Told to 'Take Joy' in Chinese Rule - RFA
3 June | Officials demanded that the senior religious instructors and monastery heads take “joy” in the leadership of the ruling Chinese Communist Party during the meetings last week in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Dartsedo county.

Tibetan exiled gov’t reaffirms dialogue commitment - Washington Post
5 June | The Tibetan government-in-exile reaffirmed its commitment to the “Middle Way” approach of engaging China through dialogue to achieve a meaningful autonomy for Tibetans within the country. Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay said that a peaceful solution to the Tibetan issue would bring stability to China and create a win-win situation.

Angry scene at China UK embassy on Tiananmen anniversary - BBC
4 June | Members of staff at the Chinese embassy in London reacted angrily on Wednesday when people arrived to lay flowers to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Two women were shoved, and their flowers thrown away.

Tiananmen crackdown, the 25th anniversary: Link roundup - Shanghaiist
4 June | A resource post from a variety of sources (including former protest leaders) featuring editorials, personal remembrances, timelines, photo essays, interviews, and multimedia features on the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square.

Opinion and Analysis
Tibetans, Uyghurs Remember Own Crackdowns on Tiananmen Anniversary - RFA
4 June | Exile Tibetan and Uyghur groups marked the 25th anniversary of the Chinese government’s massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen Square by pointing to what they described as Beijing’s use of deadly force to suppress their own struggles for greater freedom and rights.

“A Netizen on Twitter Describes her Experience of Visiting Lhasa” By Woeser - High Peaks Pure Earth
3 June | In this post that was written when she was spending time in Lhasa, Woeser continues to focus on the transformation of Lhasa but this time mainly quotes from a Chinese tourist’s Twitter feed. It is ironic that Chinese tourists to Tibet using microblogs are able to report more on what they see than locals are.

The Artist vs The Dictator - Huffington Post
30 May | Tendor examines the works and meanings created by several contemporary Chinese artists, drawing out ethical and existential questions that can help motivate the Tibet movement “If someone were to spend his entire life being invisible and silent, walking with his head down through the lies and injustices thrown at him, would he be any different from a ghost? What proof will the world have of his existence even if he lived for a hundred years?”

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