New footage of Runggye Adak’s Protest Released

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.

Let’s Be Clear About the Lhasa Protests

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.

Mobile phone of Tibetan killed in LhasaMobile phone of Tibetan killed in Lhasa

Mobile phone of Tibetan killed in LhasaProtest in Bhakor

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.

Renaissance Series: Amplify Tibet’s Revolutionary Beats

Watch all videos from Revolutionary Beats in the above player.

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 titled  “Torture Without Trace”.

To download the pamphlet from Revolutionary Beats, click here.

Videos translated by SFT into English for Revolutionary Beats:

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.

For That I Shed My Tears

To view translated music videos from Revolutionary Beats, click here.

Background on these revolutionary beats:

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

Download Music & Ringtones Banned in Tibet:

Son of the Snow City by Kunga:

Son of the Snow-City by Kunga

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Yi Re Kyo by Kunga:

Yi Re Kyo by Kunga

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Torture Without Trace by Tashi Dhondup
Torture without trace by Tashi Dhondup

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Unable to Meet by Tashi Dhondup

Unable to Meet by Tashi Dhondup

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1958-200 by Tashi Dhondup

1958-200 by Tashi Dhondup

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Let’s Go by Tashi Dhondup

Let’s Go by Tashi Dhondup

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For That I Shed My Tears by Tashi Dhondup

For That I Shed My Tears by Tashi Dhondup

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No Regrets by Tashi Dhondup

No Regrets by Tashi Dhondup

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Tibet Has Good Karma by Tashi Dhondup

Tibet Has Good Karma by Tashi Dhondup

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Phayul Dren Llu by Jamyang Kyi

Phayul Dren Llu by Jamyang Kyi

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You and Me by Jamyang Kyi

You and Me by Jamyang Kyi

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New Generation by Yudrug:New Generation by Yudrug

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Dramatic Photos: Tibetans Detained After Anti-Mining Protest in Shigatse

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.

Standoff between Tibetan protesters and Chinese security

Standoff between Tibetan protesters and Chinese security

Chinese security forces detain Tibetans

Chinese security forces detain Tibetans

Standoff between Tibetan protesters and Chinese security

Standoff between Tibetan protesters and Chinese security

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Free Tibet! Action Camp XI in Photos

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.

Fore more information about FTAC XI click here

If you can not view the above slideshow, click here

SFT Interviews Jonathan Green Author of “Murder in the High Himalayas”

51Jt3b5wXELJonathan 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

“Give Me My Flag Back,” MP Russel Norman Manhandled by Chinese Security

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.

Support MP Russel Norman:

Post a comment of support on the Channel 3 News of New Zealand’s website .

Leave a comment supporting his brave action on his facebook fan page

Post a comment of support for Green Party co-leader Russel Norman from New
Zeland who was assulted by Chinese security while protesting China’s vice president, Xi Jinping http://bit.ly/cFR89G

Sun Behind the Clouds: West Coast Screenings

30918_397695582581_163986862581_4329110_453284_nTHE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS
Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom
a film by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

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.

“This 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.” – Tenzin Dorjee, SFT Executive Director

UPCOMING SCREENINGS:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
WHEN: Friday, June 18 – 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
http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm
Tel: 415. 267. 4893

BERKELEY, CA
WHEN: Friday, June 18 – 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
http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFranciscoEastBay/ShattuckCinemas.htm
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
http://www.laemmle.com/viewtheatre.php?thid=3
Tel: 310. 478. 3836

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