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Waning interest in the fight to free China/Tibet?

Has Portland interest in the human rights abuses in China/Tibet really waned, or are action groups not making themselves apparent?
Recently, while combing through Indymedia in search of Portland groups for the liberation of China/Tibet, I was shocked by the absence of (or apparent absence) of such existing movements. There doesn't seem to be much going on at all. I've been organizing a demonstration (set for the first week in August) to protest U.S. involvement in the 2008 Olympics. So far, my search for other groups to network with has been unfruitful. I've found some older posts about events protesting the Olympics (like the Human Rights Torch Relay and the protest that was held downtown April 12) but I was disappointed to find nothing listed on the calendar for the upcoming months. Has interest really waned or are groups just not posting anticipated events? If anyone is interested in coordinating efforts, please feel free to contact me at the e-mail listed, we would love to hear from you.

it's because people are smarter in portland 11.Jun.2008 01:52


and they realize that the reason the "free Tibet" cause gets so much attention is because it happens to correlate with the anti-China interests of US imperialism. There are MANY, MANY other instances of national oppression happening as we speak, focusing on just one or a couple of them is ridiculous . The system that spawns such oppression is where the focus should be. The ruling class loves such short-sightedness.

indifference is not the answer 11.Jun.2008 21:22


I understand where rosa is coming from. Yes there are many human rights atrocities committed in different countries everyday, world over. The difference with China is that America is directly supporting these abuses. Not only are we turning a blind eye to it, but we are practically encouraging it by not enforcing existing sanctions, by continuing to produce American goods in China and, most importantly, by supporting the Olympics in Beijing. We are helping fund a world superpower that treats it's people with extreme brutality and oppression. Indifference to it is not the answer! As Gandhi once said, we must be the change we wish to see in the world.

Drombo's and the CIA 19.Jun.2008 14:48


The free Tibet movement is a CIA operation, always has been, always will be. The Tibetans that want autonomy from China are the monks and their friends who ruled the brutal theocratic feifdom that made 90% of Tibetans slaves to the monks until the middle of the last century. The riots in march nearly burned Lhasa to the ground and many innocents were murdered, both Tibetans and ethnic Chinese, by religious fanatics. The 'Free Tibet' movement has more supporters outside the Tibet than inside, thanks to their U.S. backed PR machine. Lots of older Tibetans remember working thier monks lands in shackles by age 7 or 8. Then there were the drombo's (homosexual sex slaves), which a serf could 'choose' to become while still a child to escape serfdom to become a slightly better treated sex slave. Let's not forget the love of the Dalai's of musical instruments as well. Need a flute? Just chop off a serf's leg and make one from his leg bone, then patch him up and let him gimp around for the rest of his short life. Then there were their prisons, no food included. To eat, they'd let them out in shackles in the evening to beg for scraps. No scaps? You die. And of course these poor serfs brought this all upon themselves in their previous incarnations. Requiring that at least one male child from each family be sent to Lhasa to become a monk isn't much different than sending one child from each family in the U.S. to go sit on the lap of the likes of Ted Haggard for the rest of their life. Tibet is a huge piece of land filled with massive amounts of natural resources that the U.S. government wishes to deny to China, that's what the 'free Tibet' movement is really all about. That's why the riots occured right when the Dalai was touring the U.S., renting out stadiums, and charging no admission fee. Look deeper into the issue, you'll find the majority of Tibetans are much happier living under the Chinese that the monks.

What is yoru source? 21.Sep.2013 08:59

Moonstarr moonblade26@yahoo.com

Skookum, what is the source of your information? Do you have anything to cite?
Based on my research, dombos (there's no ' on plurals, BTW) were NOT slaves. They were willing participants who received social status in return for their services.
Who told you that Tibetan lay-people found the monks oppressive? Your comment is the first time I've ever heard of this slaver of which you speak, and I feel that it really needs evidence and citations.
In Eastern societies, the monks provide spiritual services, and the lay-people benefit. They lay-people are working their *own* land, but they appreciate the spirituality provided by the monks, so they donate food to them. It's a symbiotic relationship, and it's mutually beneficial.
Why would you said those things you said??