On August 1, 2007, Runggye Adak, a nomad from Lithang, Kham in eastern Tibet was arrested for publicly calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibet. This new footage, although only a short clip of Adak’s brave protest, comes two years after his arrest. Please take action on his behalf by signing a petition to Party Secretary Sichuan Province, Liu Qibao.
Following Human Rights Watch’s thourough 73-page report on the 2008 Uprising in Tibet, I Saw It with My Own Eyes , The March 14th protests in Lhasa have once again been the subject of international scrutiny. This week the Economist published an incitful piece “Through the eyes of witnesses,” written by James Miles the only foreign reporter present in Lhasa during the March 14th protests.
As conflicting stories by Tibetans, Chinese, and foreigners who were present in Lhasa have emerged, it is important that we are clear about what actually happened and the language we use to describe the protests.
To be clear, between March 10th and March 13th several peaceful protests occurred in Lhasa. These protests involved monks, nuns, and lay people. No acts of violence occurred and no property was destroyed. These peaceful protests involved sit-ins, mass gatherings, and other tactics that were repeatably used in the over 150 (almost entirely peaceful) protests across Tibet in 2008. It is incorrect to refer to the unrest in Lhasa as a single violent riot.
On March 14th, acts of violence took place in Lhasa. The violence on both the part of Tibetans and Chinese soldiers is real. While the world was only shown images of Tibetans burning Chinese products in the streets, turning over cars, and attacking Chinese civilians by China’s state media; another side of the story has emerged by eyewitnesses and participants in the unrest.
Contrary to Miles’s article, images have emerged “hinting at security forces’ use of lethal force.”The below mobile photos sent to Woeser by a Tibetan in Lhasa show Tibetans carrying the dead body of Tibetan protester.
Photos from uprising archive via Woeser’s blog
Not mentioned in Miles’s article is that the vast majority of property destruction in Lhasa was aimed at symbols of China’s occupation. We should not remember the unrest in Lhasa as random acts of violence but as the expression of Tibet’s simmering resentment to China’s occupation and 50 years of oppression.
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The second installment in SFT’s Renaissance Series explored the rhythms and beats of Tibetan resistance and dissent in Chinese-occupied Tibet. Program to include performances of Tibetan songs banned in Tibet, commentaries on resistance through music, “reactionary ringtones” sharing and much more.
The program highlighted the popular Tibetan singer, Tashi Dhondup, who was sentenced to 15 months of “re-education” through labor on January 5, 2010 for including revolutionary songs on his album titledÂ “Torture Without Trace”.
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Kunga’s Yi Re Kyo with English subtitles
Kunga’s “Ghangdruk Ghi Dhunlam” (Son of the Snow City) with English subtitles
Jamyang Kyi’s “You and Me” with English subtitles
Jamyang Kyi’s Phayul Dren Lu with English subtitles
View the complete collection of translated music videos here.
*Special thanks to Khenrap Yeshi and Thupgon for their translations and Jigdo for HQ videos.
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Banned Lyrics, Reactionary Songs by Bhuchung D. Sonam, a young Tibetan writer & activist living in Dharamsala, India
Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup detained report issued by International Campaign for Tibet
The Times Online: Tibetan singer Tashi Dondrup arrested over ‘subversive’ CD
Son of the Snow City by Kunga:
Yi Re Kyo by Kunga:
Torture Without Trace by Tashi Dhondup
Torture without trace by Tashi Dhondup
Unable to Meet by Tashi Dhondup
1958-200 by Tashi Dhondup
Let’s Go by Tashi Dhondup
For That I Shed My Tears by Tashi Dhondup
No Regrets by Tashi Dhondup
Tibet Has Good Karma by Tashi Dhondup
Phayul Dren Llu by Jamyang Kyi
You and Me by Jamyang Kyi
New Generation by Yudrug:New Generation by Yudrug
Dramatic new photos obtained by RFA show Chinese security forces detaining up to 30 Tibetans in Shigatse after an anti-mining protest. On May 21st, local Tibetans in the U Yuk Sogchen sub-district of Namling Shigatse protested environmentally destructive gold mining activities which have affected their only sources of drinking water, grazing ground for cattle, and have brought an increasing number of Chinese miners to the region.
The protest took place after repeated appeals by Tibetans in Namling to the local authorities for an end to the hazardous gold mining.
View the high resolution photos on SFT’s flickr or below.
Over 50 participants from 5 countries attended SFT’s 11th Free Tibet! Action Camp in the Catskills Mountains of New York. Participants received training in media advocacy, strategic campaigning, digital activism, political lobbying, climbing, banner hanging, grassroots organizing, public speaking and much more.
This unforgettable week long experience trained participants to become effective leaders and organizers in the struggle for Tibetan freedom. The incredible experiences felt by participants, volunteers, trainers, and staff are shown in the photos below.
Thank you Jane, Wangchuk, Chungpo, Ugen, Cy, Choenyi, and Kunsang for the photos.
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Jonathan Green’s riveting book, “Murder in the High Himalayas,” exposes the Chinese government’s atrocities against Tibetan refugees escaping to Nepal through the treacherous Nangpa Pass in the Himalayas. In this video, Tendor, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet, interviews the author Jonathan Green on the experience of writing the book that changed his life. Read the haunting real story of Kelsang Namtso and Dolma Palkyi that you will never forget.
You can purchase the book at www.amazon.com
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman protests during the arrival of China’s vice president Xi Jinping, in New Zealand.
Dr Norman waved the Tibetan flag and called “freedom for Tibet” as the Chinese delegation walked by, a scuffle broke out as an umbrella was shoved over him and the flag forcibly removed from his grasp then thrown to the ground. Norman emerged with a bleeding hand but made his message heard.
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This revolutionary new film, featuring interviews with SFT’s former Executive Director Lhadon Tethong, addresses the core issues facing the future direction of the Tibet movement in a refreshingly open and direct way.
â€œThis is one of the most pertinent and revolutionary films on Tibet today. While many hundreds of introductory films on Tibet have been made, this is the first to directly address the complexity and nuance of the Tibetan freedom movement and the core issue of independence from the Tibetan perspective.â€ â€“ Tenzin Dorjee, SFT Executive Director
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
WHEN: Friday, June 18Â â€“ Thursday, June 24
WHERE: Opera Plaza Cinema [601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102]
SCREENINGS: 2:30pm, 4:45pm, 7:00pm
Filmmakers in person on Friday, June 18 @ 7:00pm & Sunday, June 20 @ 2:30pm
Tel: 415. 267. 4893
WHEN: Friday, June 18Â â€“ Thursday, June 24
WHERE: Shattuck Cinemas [ 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704]
SCREENINGS: June 18 – June 20: 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
June 21 – June 24: 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
Filmmakers in person on Saturday, June 19 @ 7:15pm & Sunday, June 20 @ 1:00pm
Tel: 510. 464. 5980
SANTA MONICA, LOS ANGELES
WHEN: Friday, June 25 – Thursday, July 1
WHERE: Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex [1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401]
SCREENINGS: 1:00pm, 3:10pm, 5:20pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm
Filmmakers in person on Friday, June 25 @ 7:30pm, Saturday, June 26 @ 7:30pm & Sunday, June 27 @ 1:00pm
Tel: 310. 478. 3836
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