This letter is in response to the petition I received from the International Campaign for Tibet to press China to end its crackdown in Tibet and to show that I am standing with them in protest.
As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of Tibet. Their efforts are similar to what is happening in many other parts of the world.
Believe it or not, one thing that trumps capitalism and political correctness in the United States is the right to have one’s voice heard. This is the foundation on which our democracy is built. Tibet should continue to defy China’s powerful influence so that democracy can begin to thrive. It is unfortunate that the United States compromised on one of its most fundamental values in order to protect its economic interests in China; something that happens all too often domestically as well. Tibet is not attempting to seize power, but rather their civil rights; it is however those currently in power who have engaged in intimidation to prevent the will of the people from being heard. Why else would they stoop to such underhanded tactics to block various means of communication among the citizens of Tibet?
China, you have had centuries to help Tibet and have failed them by your own choosing. The days of the despotic regime are finally coming to an end as it appears the desire for freedom will continue to sweep among the people of Tibet. Accordingly, let the call go forth among all citizens of Tibet that your brothers and sisters of democracy from all over the world are with you during every trial and tribulation you may encounter during this crisis.
To the people of Tibet, the trumpet of freedom beckons you to exercise your protest to preserve your sacred heritage, promote your children’s future and obtain the blessings of liberty we all cherish.
Tibet, the hour of your redemption is at hand. As you the rightful citizens move forward to reclaim your own country, rise and protest! In the name of those who were murdered fighting for everyone’s rights, rise and protest! To end the rule of this regime, rise and protest! Let no one continue to fear. Let all of Tibet be strong and push on for their freedom.
Rise and protest!
China, let Tibet be free!
2 July 2015
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily that of Tibet Sun