OLYMPIC GOLD FOR CHINA
The Tibetan people remind me of the Andean indigenous peoples so much: physically and culturally both have many similarities and they live in high altitude lands, but also their history is alike: both ethnic nations are surviving under the political, cultural and economical rule of post-colonial and repressive governments: China and Peru.
Not coincidentally, the only world leader supporting China in the current Tibet crisis is Peruvian president Alan Garcia.
At least the Tibetans have been able to keep their religion and cultural identity in a better way, but after over 4 decades of Chinese occupation, all that is in danger. Tibetans are tired of waiting and they want their freedom now.
If you want to support them, you can sign an online petition that has over 1 million signatures already. This is an email I received today after signing a petition online by Avaaz (*)
I just signed an urgent petition calling on the Chinese government to respect human rights in Tibet and dialogue with the Dalai Lama. After nearly 50 years of Chinese rule, the Tibetans are sending out a global cry for change. Violence is spreading across Tibet and neighbouring regions, and the Chinese regime is right now making a crucial choice between tougher crackdown or dialogue. President Hu Jintao needs to hear that "Made in China" exports and the upcoming Olympics in Beijing will have the support of the world's people only if he chooses dialogue. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get his attention. Click below to sign the petition--in just 7 days, the campaign is over half way to the goal of 2 million signatures! Thank you so much for your help - forward this email to friends!
SIGN THE PETITION
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(*) Avaaz means “Voice” in many Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European languages. Avaaz.org is a new global web movement that promotes stronger protections for the environment, greater respect for human rights, and concerted efforts to end poverty, corruption and war. This website runs in 13 languages. In just hours they can send hundreds of thousands of messages to political leaders. They have over 2 million members, and have begun to make a real impact on global politics. Avaaz.org was co-founded by Res Publica, a global civic advocacy group, and Moveon.org, an online community that has pioneered internet advocacy in the United States.
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