Solidarity March, Protest, and Prayer for our Tibetan Sisters and Brothers

Wednesday, February 22nd
First Day of the Tibetan New Year
11am March (from NW 83rd/Greenwood Ave to Westlake Park)
3pm-5pm Protest and Prayer (Westlake Park)

March, Protest, and Prayer to stand in solidarity with our Tibetan sisters and brothers who are being jailed, beaten and murdered by Chinese military forces for speaking out against the Chinese government. Stop Tibetan Genocide!

Join us on the first day of Tibetan New Year to protest Chinese treatment of Tibetans, and to come together in solidarity for traditional prayer and meditation. Self-Immolations in and around Tibet have peaked the last two months in direct response to increasing attacks and human rights violations by the Chinese military.

Human rights violations to Tibetans by Chinese military are unprecedented at this time. Hundreds of convoys carrying Chinese military personnel with automatic machine guns have been making their way to Tibet. It appears as though the Chinese government is preparing for something incredibly tragic. Media censorship has made it near impossible for the situation to be accurately reported on. However, as of one week ago, undercover reporters have entered some of the most effected areas in and around Tibet including Aba, reporting that cities are lined with armed military vehicles as well as armed militia posted on many street corners. The increasing number of Tibetans self-immolating is no coincidence. In the last year alone, two-dozen Tibetan monks and nuns have self-immolated, twelve of which have occurred since December. Self-immolations by Tibetans are an ultimate sacrifice and desperate cry for help: Tibet is Burning! This is a call to action for each and every one of us, Tibet’s international community of brothers and sisters. As one person inside Tibet explained, “We are suffering a lot in our hearts, and when we can no longer bear it we burn ourselves to death.”

Tibetans are being jailed, beaten and even killed at this very moment for standing up for their people, land, and way of life. These are the consequences they suffer when protesting the Chinese government. We must stand strong with the Tibetans. They have called on us, and so we will come together as their sisters and brothers in a spirit of inherent unity and cooperation.

Please read this for more information about the situation in and around Tibet:

Rare Visit to Remote Chinese Region

Facebook Event: March for Tibet – Tibet Burning!!

Full Schedule:

9:30am Prayer service at Sakya Monastery
10:45am Sangsol outside Gompa
11am Scarf offering for H.H the Dalai Lama and Sakya Dagchen Rimpoche
Advice/Speech by Avi Rimpoche
March for Tibet–from Sakya monastery to Downtown Seattle (via 15th Ave & Ballard bridge)
2pm-5pm: Gather at Westlake mall. Protest and prayer.

12 Responses to Solidarity March, Protest, and Prayer for our Tibetan Sisters and Brothers

  • donny1020 says:

    What’s being protested? The fact that the PRC overthrew the non elected roylist leaders of a province which they consider part of their country and replaced it by a Socialist Government?

    Are we protesting the$45.4 Billion dollars that the PRC has pored into Tibet since 2009. Are we protesting the fact that due to this investment by the PRC Tibet’s GDP has shown double digit growth since 2009? Are we protesting the fact that the PRC built a direct rail link to Beijing which makes goods and services less expensive for the folks that live in Tibet? Maybe we are protesting the fact that the rail link allows Tibetan goods to reach a larger market or that it has fueled a boom in the tourist economy? Maybe we are protesting the fact that per capita income has risen 13% annually since 2008?

    But then again we may be protesting the the fact that the PRC has been building schools and hospitals in the region substantially increasing literacy and the quality of health care? Are we protesting the fact that the PRC is willing to use it’s military to repel a takeover of the region by a minority right wing monarchist group demanding the institution of a theocracy? Maybe we are protesting the use of force against right wing of counter revolutionaries?

    Maybe we are simply protesting the fact that a communist governmental system has been established in Tibet?

    Help me out here, I’m not ready to hop on the anti PRC train right now. Wouldn’t we be against the establishment of a right wing theocracy in the United States where the decision on who the leader was, was determined by some ancient system of magical beliefs? Wouldn’t it cause us to pick up arms to defend our beliefs in a secular democratically elected form of government?

    • REPUBLIC says:

      Here is a life lesson that I hope you will take to heart so next time you will not say things without thinking. Perhaps the history books do not make any references what I will teach you. Ifyour teachers did not teach you then he\she censored that information and infringed in your rights. If the history books don’t say anything about them just blame those twisted left wing socialists.

      1. When you give information for all to learn from you need to refernce them with a credible source. Don’t flap your gums with some inflated numbers and information.

      2. In 1949 Mao Tzu Tung self proclamed communist seized China and up to mid 1970’s killed millions of his own citizens.

      3. Thousands of peaceful protestors marched in Beijing and occupied Tianenmen Square in 1989 to protest against grievences from the so called “socialist government” did not use any tear gas, batons, or rubber bullets to disburse the protestors. The Chinese socialist government sent military with tanks and live ammunition and fired the thousands of unarmed citizens. Do you know what horrible crime they commited they were fighting for their freedom and liberty. Where you enjoy vey much here, but you are not happy because of the 1%. You guys don’t know how good you have it here.

      4. China has been building up their military to the point that will surpass us. Do you think they will be so peaceful when they declare war on your punk ass?

      5. China inflates numbers and control their value of their money and unfair trading with the US.

      6. China build high rise buildings all over China, but no one lives in them, because all people have equal rights a classless society that cannot afford to live in them. Yes, this is what you and the rest of the OS wants, right? A classless society.

      Okay, this is why not many people don’t believe in your group because of the ignorance and utopia of socialism will never work in the US. We don’t need another failed socialist state.

      I will not call you names or put you down like you would have if I would have said something wrong. Yes, I have been called from this group a Nazi, racist, and other names that you guys call your oppositios. Now boogabooga is making mama’s jokes, why because of my conservative views. So spare me the name calling, because I have heard it all.

      Last advise, think before writing or following a group of peers that have no clue about history. Enjoy your freedom and liberty that our people fought in the past and now. The grass is not as green as you thik it is.

      • donny1020 says:

        I’ve heard these issues before but I would also simply state that the PRC is an independent country and not a colony. Nobody can dispute the fact that the revolution which Mao was part of was not a popular revolution that was spurred on by colonial powers. Those powers were England, Germany, Russia, the Soviet Union, France, Japan and the United States.

        You fail in not stating what a good friend Chairman Mao and the Peoples Army had been to the United States. You did not mention that the United States had trained the Peoples Army prior to the end of WWII. You failed to mention the sacrifices the Peoples Army made in fighting with the Allied powers in opposition to the Nazi-Nationalist alliance of Germany-Italy-Japan.

        No doubt there were mistakes made during the history of the PRC but the PRC is only 61 years old. Look at the United States we have the Native American genocide, slavery, treatment of women, treatment of workers, the Mexican American war, the Spanish American war, the colonizations of Puerto Rico and Guam not to talk of the Philippines and so on. I can accept that even people of good intentions make mistakes.

        This does not take away from the fact that the PRC is an independent country and as so has the right to raise a military and self govern. The fact that the PRC is a communist country should not be the concern of the United States and for most of the citizens of the United States it is not. How many of our proud men and women in uniform have no moral problem with shopping at WalMart. Most of their goods are produced in the PRC.

        Unlike Cuba the United States has decided to view the PRC as a sovereign country and have open trade alliances between the countries. Ardent U.S. Republican Capitalist uniformly do business with its government without any trepidation.

        I also believe there is the understanding that if Vermont decided to break away from the Union that we would use military force to suppress the rebellion. We have proven this and it was called the Civil War. Is there a double standard for the PRC?

        Nobody can argue that the communist government has done more to increase the standard of living, literacy of the population, addressed more of the populations healthcare issues, and had more of an open government than any other government in the history of China and that goes back to 221 BC.

        All that I was pointing out was questioning if protesting in favor of a right wing religious royalist capitalist government was something that the Occupy movement should be involved in.

        • donny1020 says:

          I just wanted to finish up, not only was the 1949 revolution a popular revolution but the majority of the PRC appear to be approving of the governmental system currently in place there.

          It also appears that the vast majority of Americans also approve. If you are a true conservative capitalist you would agree that consumers vote with their pocket book. You for instance, have no problem buying a electronics item that was fabricated in the PRC. In a defacto sort of way you are buying the ammunition for the soldiers that are protecting the PRC.

          I just found it strange that lefty group such as OS that has staunchly self described revolutionary left participants would march in support of a theocracy. I am also surprised at your reaction also. I can only assume that you supported the overthrow of the Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavi regime in Iran. His regime was clearly brutal and he was replaced in the populations belief that they needed to get back to a form of government that was based in part on biblical teachings and that it’s laws should reflect this. They instituted what is clearly the most democratic system of government in the region and exiled all leftist, socialist, communist, and humanist leaders.

        • REPUBLIC says:

          You have many good points and I will answer each paragraph by numbering 1 through 8.
          I am pleased that either you refrained or it is not in your character to label or demonize oppositions, but based on your style of writing I believe that the latter is what defines you.

          1. You made valid points here so I will not oppose or dispute it.

          2. Yes, they did their part to win the WWII, but they have been very aggressive on stealing military technology to gain an upper hand in their military, where people worked and spent lot of money in the US to make these technologies and China and many others steal and copy technology and spend a fraction of what we spent to develop. What makes you think that they don’t have alterior motivesM

          3. Yes, everyone makes mistakes. If Puerto Rico and Guam wishes independence they can, however they will not press the issue; they like the benefits of being a territory/common wealth of the US. A few years back Puerto Rico was asked to become the 51st State, but they decline, because as I said before the benefits and they don’t have to pay a taxes. Believe me if both islands wanted to disconnect from us it won’t be that hard. It is a choice they made so it is no colonies just common wealth of the US.

          4. PRC is independent country and have the right to raise their military but not to the point that the rest of the world will have an arms raise just like the Cold War Era. Did you grow up during that time? I feel safe to say that you did not and you are about 20 years of age. As far as going to WalMart what choices do we have as a country to buy Chinese where their products are cheaper due to cheap labor, their work enviornment is poor with long hours of work and have 1 day off a month.. also the PRC unfair trade and artificially keeping their currency value lower. Everyone should be concerned of PRC read Sun Tsu, The Art of War. This will teach you how to destroy a nation without military invasion. You can destroy a nation economy and bring it to its knees and we will be working for the one we owe money to. China is very smart and study all aspects of the US gov’t,people, current affairs and the oppositions that we have within our border. The USSR spent billions to oblivion because we made them do it, and China is doing it to us. Never underestimate China they are not our friends.

          5. The mentality of the ardent US Democratic accusing capitalism on the right must be fair by saying that the democrats reap benefits from capitalism as well. This is one of the thing that kills our nation and that is heavy oppositions between people and government. It’s okay to have oppositions not to the point of separating and no comprimise from either side. Yes, the wealthy need to pay their fair share of taxes, and this can be done if both oppositions meet at the table and find a hapy medium.

          6. You are comparing apples and oranges here. Civil war is an armed conflict and the Tianenmen Square was occupied by unarmed students protesting their grievences about having freedom and liberty, which until this day they do not have. How can you be an American and justify atrocities commited by the Chinese Government? How would you feel if each State in the US called in the National Guards with tanks and live ammunition and start shooting OWS, OS and the rest anf start killing all of you? I bet people like me would not have it and will protect your rights as well. Please don’t defend a country like China that rules with an iron fist, because that country doesn’t defend you or me at all. We need to stop being a bunch of lousy bleeding hearts and start seeing what is qchina or other countries that violates human rights is really about. They don’t care about us and will not lift a finger to help us if we as a nation would collapse. Instead they will rejoice.

          7. What do you mean about “a more open government”? The Chinese people lives improved, but do not enjoy freedom of speech or liberties like we have and take for granted.

          8. Why you guys always label the opposition “right wing royalist capitalist governmentL. Stop saying things like that. Why do we have to make each other less than human? The way I look ant the left and the right is as such; an eagle must have both left and right wing to fly, but one body to control both. What I am saying is that even if the left and the right wing politicians bicker with each other eventualy they will meet half way in them middle and work things out.

          I feel that it is worth my while to explain all this to you and others because as citizens in a country should not become like politicians. Politicians do destroy our country by dividing us in 2 or more groups, and they have succeed. Did you know behind close doors these 2 rivals are friends and are united. Yes, in public they show us a different face. We must unite as citizens and meet half way or the government will not do the right thing.
          There are many things that I agree with this movement but all sides are reluctant to meet in the middle. This causes anamosity, biased thinking, hating, and separated citizens. Sad to say that OS HAS BEEN BIASED FROM DAY ONE.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    Electronic items fabricated in PRC bothers me, however if we could build it and be more competitive with China that means China needs to improve their labor laws and start paying more and work 40 hours a week plus paid overtime I bet the US will be having electronics build locally and more jobs. This what happens when a nation is totalitarian and work people to death.

    Have you met an Iranian that loves their instituted religious totalitarian government? I talked to quite a few and they have their heartburn with them as well. Iran is a country that prosecute other religions, gays and where are their freedom of speech and liberties? What happened in the last supposed elections? Recount anyone? The regime would have collapsed if they did it right the first time. Why are you protecting Iran where they took over our embassy in 1979. Isn’t that against international laws? Not to mention hostages tortures. Yes, that happened during my life time as well. You should know these events: Obama tried to extend a hand and it was bitten off and left with a stump; Iran declares that Israel should be wipped of the map… Remeber that regime called the US “great satan” and we are infedels and according to the Koran we need to convert or die by the sword. Now, try to tell me we should be nice to them or calling their government democratic.

    All you college students need not be biased because most of your professors are indoctrinated and infiltrated by paid communists that preach against our way of life. Back in the days American communism and socialism were supported by USSR and now China. You need to be patriotic and loyal to this country and make sure you do your own research and be skeptical about biased teachings. This country is in dire need of American Citizens that will protect freedom and liberty.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    Electronic items fabricated in PRC bothers me, however if we could build it and be more competitive with China that means China needs to improve their labor laws and start paying more and work 40 hours a week plus paid overtime I bet the US will be having electronics build locally and more jobs. This what happens when a nation is totalitarian and work people to death.

    Have you met an Iranian that loves their instituted religious totalitarian government? I talked to quite a few and they have their heartburn with them as well. Iran is a country that prosecute other religions, gays and where are their freedom of speech and liberties? What happened in the last supposed elections? Recount anyone? The regime would have collapsed if they did it right the first time. Why are you protecting Iran where they took over our embassy in 1979. Isn’t that against international laws? Not to mention hostages tortures. Yes, that happened during my life time as well. You should know these events: Obama tried to extend a hand and it was bitten off and left with a stump; Iran declares that Israel should be wipped of the map… Remeber that regime called the US “great satan” and we are infedels and according to the Koran we need to convert or die by the sword. Now, try to tell me we should be nice to them or calling their government democratic.

    All you college students need not be biased because most of your professors are indoctrinated and infiltrated by paid communists that preach against our way of life. Back in the days American communism and socialism were supported by USSR and now China. You need to be patriotic and loyal to this country and make sure you do your own research and be skeptical about biased teachings. This country is in dire need of American Citizens that will protect freedom and liberty.

  • donny1020 says:

    I was simply pointing out the contradictions in this situation. As your logic is all over the place let me help, but I don’t know if it will as you argue three sides to any position including my side. Given most of your arguments are actually agreeing with me I’m not sure what it is you are saying.

    Your point 2

    There are no original ideas and US patent laws are not applicable in the PRC. Your logic dictates that the United States should not use gun powder because it was first invented in China. As far as the motives of the PRC, none of us have a crystal ball, but clearly every country has the right to have the military it sees fit to have. I don’t see the Canadian government being able to restrict the number of ICBMs in the US arsenal. I think this is a similar situation because of cultural difference you believe that you should be able to dictate to the PRC and the chinamen the strength of their military. The PRC can only assume that you would use force to ensure their military was within your demands. This creates a situation where the US is looked on as a potential military advisory, then the PRC is forced to increase the strength of their military. I don’t really know of a conflict where the Peoples Army was the aggressor. Involvement on the part of the Peoples Army has always been in response to threat to the safety of its citizens, the national sovereignty of the PRC or to quell internal armed counter revolutionary forces.

    Your Point 3

    The Philippines asked the US to leave for a number of years, the citizens of Okinawa continue to ask the US to leave, Citizens of both Puerto Rico and Guam have asked the US to leave. Your logic shows that your perception of reality is off a bit. What example can you give of a colonial power leaving an occupied area simply because they are asked to? Would that be India? Ireland? North America? South America?

    Your Point 4

    Don’t really know what you are saying because the issue surrounds an independent countries ability to govern themselves without outside interference.

    Your Point 5

    Here you go again, I say it’s five in the afternoon in response to your question on what time it is and you object by saying orange. You ask for water I give you water and you complain it’s not a brick.

    What I was pointing out was unlike the US/Cuba relationship, the United States has an establish trading partnership with the PRC. Nobody in business(this is usually a free market capitalist act), objects to doing business with the PRC. They do not have any issues with labor standards in the PRC. As conditions improve in the PRC US corporations have threatened to move their orders to other countries such as Vietnam which have less stringent labor conditions.At no time has a US corperation terminated their operations within the PRC over human rights, labor rights, enviromental issues or the sovernity of the PRC. This is the free market speaking. I can only assume that you now object to free market capitalism. This is what makes your argument so hard to follow. On one hand you are against the OS movement and on the other you believe you should have the right to restrict a business from doing business as they see fit. Maybe you are a communist and simply haven’t found the courage to publicly proclaim this fact.

    If the business community is OK with their relationship with the PRC and it is not a disputable fact that big business and its owners donate to the Republican Party, why should you as a free market conservative object to the PRC. The party that align with have enabled the PRC to become more prosperous and in your mind more threatening.

    Your Point 6

    The facts are that what you call Tibet is part of the PRC, the forces that oppose this are a minority. By the way the US has used armed force on a regular basis to put down rebellion. They have done it to the OS movement, the WTO demonstrations in Seattle, Kent State, Everett, Chicago, Centralia, etc, etc, etc.

    Your Point 7

    There is no question that the government in the PRC is more open than any other in the history of China. It’s simply not disputable. Is it as open as the United States, no, but then it’s not the United States. I don’t see you pointing out that Canada or Great Brittan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Singapore, the RoC have less freedoms than the United States. It is clear that the United States does not go to war simply because of the way a government chooses to treat it’s citizens. I do not see you advocating that we move against any of the countries listed above due to their lack of reciprocal human rights positions.

    Your Point 8

    I say Right Wing Royalist Theocracy because that is what it is. There is not an effort to drive the PRC out of Tibet and replace it with a northern European style progressive democracy. Do you believe the Dali Lama was elected and has term limits? Do you believe the Dali Lama is a communist?

    The fact that you are not even cognizant of the KMT and their Fascist roots shows how little you even know about this conflict that has been going on for more than a half a century.

    The rest of your notes

    These are simply your justification for villainizing the PRC and on the other hand providing them with economic assistance to engage in the same activities that you object to. This is what is known as hypocrisy.

    By the way, there are American made computers. Just use the one that you own that was made in the PRC to Google the question. There are also American made alternatives for most anything. So instead of complaining about the repressive aggressive peoples government of the PRC simply stop sending money to their government and buy American if you are so adamant.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    I feel that you and i going circles. I wish you would try to live in China for a full year and let me know if you feel the samebas today.

    • donny1020 says:

      Why would I move to the PRC, I’m an American. You on the other hand believe in a theocracy, a monarchy, fascism, militarism, intolerance, the belief that one of the core values that you hold is the need to dominate other cultures and dominate other sovereign governments.

      All of these things are against the core values of the founding fathers. Rather than me moving to to the PRC maybe you would feel more at home in Iran. It’s extremely conservative, ruled in part by the teachings within the bible, intolerance is encouraged, leftist teachings are prohibited, the belief in a monotheistic god worshiped by Christians is enforced through the state, capitalism is viewed as the system of economics permissible.

      If you hate America as much as you claim too, you are the one that should move. We in America, don’t need your type.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    You are very confused person and it is a waste of time for me to talk to you. Your left wing rethoric and the brain washed mentality is keeping you blind. Read again what I wrote and realize that there is no hate or rethoric speech as yours. You need to get off from that hamster wheel and be a self reliant productive person, and not a puppet of a group as such as this and the government’s. We don’t need socialist ideologies like Europe in the US. Besides didn’t the forefather fought to get away from European socialist rethorics brain washed thinking? Your choice stay on the hamster wheel and go no where or be self reliant citizen.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    You are very confused person and it is a waste of time for me to talk to you. Your left wing rethoric and the brain washed mentality is keeping you blind. Read again what I wrote and realize that there is no hate or rethoric speech as yours. You need to get off from that hamster wheel and be a self reliant productive person, and not a puppet of a group as such as this and the government’s. We don’t need socialist ideologies like Europe in the US. Besides didn’t the forefather fought to get away from European socialist rethorics brain washed thinking? Your choice stay on the hamster wheel and go no where or be self reliant citizen.