Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon, TCV Dayschool, Oct. 1, 2014
DHARAMSHALA, October 1: Tibetans and supporters around the world expressed their support and solidarity with the protesters in Hong Kong which has been reeling under tension as thousands of citizens came out on the streets in protest against China’s vetting of cadidates for the election due in 2017.
The Tibetan Youth Congress, the largest pro independence group of the Tibetan Diaspora, carried out a candle light vigil and a modest gathering at TCV Dayschool to express support to the people of Hong Kong in their fight against China where information of protests in Hong Kong is censored.
“TYC has always maintained that the Chinese government cannot be trusted and today what we se in Hong Kong is obviously the people losing trust and revolting because they feel betrayed. We hope that the communist Chinese government realizes that the only way to solve any such issues is not through using teargas and tanks but through meaningful dialogue,” said Tenzin Jigme, the TYC president.
The Tibetan Women’s Association also carried out its own campaign to support the protests in Hong Kong. “We can feel the in-depth significance of the protest that people of Hong Kong are carrying today,” said the TWA in a statement.
It put yellow ribbons on people in the streets and gathered support to the movement in Hong Kong.
Elsewhere, Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK, a coalition of activists from China, East Turkestan, Tibet and the United Kingdom, held a gathering in opposition to the tyrannical rule of the Chinese Communist Party. We share and believe in the fundamental values and principles of human rights, freedom and democracy.
“We call on the international community to stand with and support democracy activists and human rights defenders in Hong Kong, Tibet, East Turkestan and China, to help bring about real freedom, human rights and democracy for all those currently living under the Chinese Communist Party’s regime.”
The International Campaign for Tibet said the ongoing peaceful citizens’ movement in Hong Kong, led primarily by students, is a result of the Chinese authorities reneging on its commitment to the people of Hong Kong under the “One Country, Two Systems” arrangement, which promised them democratic universal suffrage for the selection of the Chief Executive in 2017.
“Whether in Tibet or Hong Kong, Chinese authorities are making bad and dangerous policy decisions by clamping down on peaceful protests or by blaming foreign elements for ‘instigating’ unrest.
“Chinese Communist Party statements have been increasingly centered on the need for rule of law in China, but it has not shown to its citizens and to the international community that it is serious in its implementation,” the ICT said in a statement on its website.