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February 7, 2011

Tibet Protest Spoiling Message

The turmoil that is springing up around the protest over the Chinese Olympics is tarnishing both the Olympics and the goal of protesters. Hate begets hate and the protest that are enacting these violent protest that are aimed at putting out the Olympic torch, are conveying the wrong message. If the protesters want freedom and justice for Tibet, why would they send that message by spreading destruction and hate?

The Chinese Olympics have been the subject of massive protest around the world. However the protest have become more and more violent as they pop up around the world. With this in mind, the question of what the protests are really aimed at tends to pop up. If you are protesting the wrongs of a government against a portion of the humanity why would you be violent? Trying to put out the torch and attacking those that carry the torch is not sending the proper message.

I wonder if the majority of the people, that are protesting know what they are protesting for. There are valid reasons to protest the Chinese Olympics but there are two sides to each story. Do the people that are crowding the streets in cites around the world know that history of the Tibet/China struggle? How many people are just crowding the streets and joining in on the protest because they have heard that China has mistreated Tibet? I don’t mean to doubt the protesters but if these issues were so important to them then why weren’t they protesting before the Olympics came around?

It is important to note that China invaded Tibet decades ago. Why weren’t haven’t all the protesters been involved in making a statement about the occupation of Tibet? I have to wonder if this is just another bandwagon issue that many people are getting behind because so many other people are behind it. Make a point to stand up for your beliefs before a major opportunity comes up for a display of hostility.

While China does not have a great record when it comes to human rights, there are plenty of places were the Olympics have been held in the past that have human rights issues. I think that because China is outside of the Western world, people are more apt to jump on the bandwagon and support the “free Tibet” rally. I think that China and Tibet should be in dialogue with one another to reach some sort of agreement but I don’t think that trying to put out the Olympic torch is going to help the situation. In fact, the Olympic are a peaceful, positive event that I think could be used to promote peace and dialogue between other countries and cultures.

Of course, on the other hand, China should not be trying to dress up their country to be this perfect, pleasant place to be. Let the truth be shown and allow people to judge for themselves. Host the Olympics but the Tibet issues should not be something that they constantly comment about and try to normalize. There are problems with the Tibet situation but they are not directly tied to the Olympics. Let’s keep out issues separate.

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2 Comment(s)

  1. Jennifer Jin | Apr 18, 2008 | Reply

    disagree with you unfortunately… The thing is… Tibet couldn’t do anything about their situation due to oppression of Chinese people. The only chance they had to speak out loud was the season of Olympic because then people from worldwide would pay attention to help them gain back their independence. About 50 years ago when Tibet was conquered by Chinese, it was the time when the UN army was helping out South Korea during Korean War. Thus, the UN couldn’t do anything for Tibet. I am for Tibet because their nation was taken forcefully and they are very innocent people. They didn’t even resist to fight against Chinese invasion because they wanted peace. However, Chinese people slaughtered them all… and NOW the Chinese people are like making Tibet athletes to go and compete in the Olympic to glorify China. Chinese people have gone over the line too far!!! I sincerely hope that Tibet people get back their independence some day…. and

    China!! Please stop being so self-centered! You cannot have it all you want. How can you say Tibet’s land was originally yours when they also had as big empire as Chinese empire centuries ago?

  2. Melanie | Apr 18, 2008 | Reply

    I am all for protest but I am not for destruction. One of the worst things that can happen is for the oppressed to take on the characteristics of the oppressors. Protest is great but the way that you protest is very important. I am all for Tibet protesting and letting the world know that things are bad in Tibet. In an earlier post I eluded to the fact that Tibet has picked the perfect time to let the world know what is going on in the region. Protest-yes. Participate in violence-no.

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