Tibetan with his National flag waiting Wen jiabao on Budapest street: Photo Choegyal Tenzin
Budapest Police with Free Tibet campaigner/ Photo Choegyal Tenzin
Budapest: 24th June, 2011
Chinese Premier Wen Jianboa arrived Budapest this afternoon and single Tibet activist under Budapest police custody.
During his two days in Hungary, he will hold talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Orban Viktor and meet with other Hungarian leaders.
Tibetans and Sambhala Tibet support Association wrote following petition to Prime Minister Viktor Orban who met with His Holiness the Dalai in 2000, October, 11 during his leadership.
Tibetans and Tibet supporters will hold two day individual demonstrate against Chinese Premier who is responsible brutal action innocent Tibetan in Tibet.
To, 20th June, 2011
Honorable Mr. Viktor Orban,
Prime Minister of Republic of Hungary,
We would like to request you to kindly talk about Tibet with Chinese Premier Wen jiabao during his two days visit to Budapest. And urged Chinese leaders to give full information on the whereabouts of over 300 recently detained monks of Kirti Monastery in northeastern Tibet.
Urge them to Discuss rule of law in China, freedom of expression, including freedom of the press, the situation of human rights and freedom of religious belief and Tibetan Buddhist practice.
“We deeply regret the tense stand-off between the local Chinese authorities and the monks of Kirti Monastery and the local Tibetan population of Ngaba in northeastern Tibet”. “In the strongest possible terms we urge Chinese authorities in Ngaba to exercise utmost restraint. At the same time we urge the local Chinese authorities to immediately stop its blockade of Kirti Monastery.”
The tense situation prevailing at Kirti Monastery, which is cordoned off by hundreds of Chinese armed forces who at one time prevented food and water being supplied to the 2,500 or so monks of the monastery.
This situation rose when Phuntsog, a 21-year-old monk of Kirti Monastery, set himself on fire on 16 March this year to protest the massive repression that was launched to crush the wide-spread peaceful protests in 2008, three years ago.
Shortly after Phuntsog lit himself on fire, eye-witnesses say the Chinese police beat him while extinguishing the flames. A group of Tibetan monks retrieved the fatally wounded monk from the police captivity and took him inside the monastery. At the same time, hundreds of monks and local Tibetans took to the streets to express their resentment over the Chinese authorities’ heavy-handed approach over the incident. A large contingent of security forces were brought in to disperse the Tibetan protesters, many of whom were beaten indiscriminately with electric batons and iron clubs before being taken into police custody. Meanwhile, Phuntsog, who remained holed up for hours inside the monastery cordoned off by armed military forces, succumbed to his grievous burn injuries in the early hours of 17 March, 2011 at a hospital. Hospital authorities demanded police clearance for treatment.
As part of the broadening crackdown, the Chinese government had enforced “patriotic re-education” campaign at Kirti Monastery since 20 March, 2011. The authorities have imposed an indefinite ban on the religious activities at the monastery. The situation worsened on 11 April, 2011 as the local Tibetans gathered at Kirti monastery in an attempt to protect monks from being taken away for “re-education” at a detention centre. Several Tibetans were beaten and injured after the police set trained dogs on the crowd.
The Chinese government has started building concrete walls to close the gaps between the barbed wire fences to reinforce the blockade imposed on Kirti Monastery, restricting 2,500 monks from leaving the monastery. An estimated 800 additional armed security personnel were deployed at the monastery on last Saturday.
The security clampdown in Ngaba was further intensified on 20 March as the Tibetans attempted to celebrate the democratic elections in the exile community. Despite a heavy buildup of troops in the area, some people in Ngaba conducted prayers inside their homes and set off fire-crackers to mark the day. Some Tibetans were detained in the crackdown.
Two monks of Khangmar monastery in Kardze in eastern Tibet on 17
th June, 2011 Friday staged peaceful demonstration calling on the Chinese government to respect human rights in Tibet, a monk from Sera Jey monastery in India said.
The two monks, Rinchen Gyatso and Lama Tsering, took to the street in Kardze town at around 12:30 pm on 17 June, 2011. The duo raised a series of slogans such as ‘long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama’, ‘Tibet is a independent nation’, ‘invite Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay to Tibet’ and ‘ensure human rights in Tibet’. They were immediately detained and forcibly taken away by the police.
Lama Tsering, aged 22, is a native of Shilamnang village, Sungo township in Kardze. He was born Phurba and Choedon in 1989.
Rinchen Gyatso, 21, is a native of Gyurga village, Sungo township. He was born to Namgyal Rinchen and Dolma in 1990.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government has stepped up restrictions in both lay and monastic communities.
The authorities have also ordered the monks and nuns in Kardze not to go out to the town without prior permission.
We also would like to request you to kindly press Mr. Wen Jiabao to start dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his representative for future Tibet.
Tibetans and Sambhala Tibet Support Association, Budapest, Hungary.