søndag 30. januar 2022

When Olympics Come, Tibetans Suffer

Amidst the massive surge of the Omicron variant of the dreaded COVID-19 virus across the world, China insists to fanfaronade its mammoth economic growth and its influence by holding the most controversial and contested Olympics game this winter. However, it is pertinent to understand that Beijing Olympics 2022 became a powerful propaganda tool for the Chinese government, as it tries to make its cultural genocide actions and repressions in Tibet and East Turkestan (Ch. Xinjiang), and against other religious and ethnic minorities seem benign.

Since the Beijing Olympics 2008, the Chinese crackdown on Tibetan religion, traditions, language, culture, and livelihood has further worsened. The severity of the human rights violation in Tibet has forced a spate of self-immolations across Tibetan Plateau since 2009. So far, more than 155 cases of self-immolation are reported in Tibet. Under the euphemism of “national security,” “separatist activities,” and “national unity,” Chinese authorities have relentlessly detained, imprisoned, and tortured Tibetans throughout their authoritarian rule.