By Alicia Barreda Pérez
BERLIN, Germany, 10 March 2015
Protests against the human rights violations in Tibet are taking place in about 25 German cities today. The demonstrations and vigils are part of the campaign “Raise your Flag for Tibet” organized by the NGO Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID). Hundreds of cities, municipalities and administrative districts throughout Germany are raising the Tibetan flag on public buildings in solidarity with Tibetans around the world.
“The human rights situation in Tibet has increasingly deteriorated since Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, despite our initial hopes for a new, dialogue-oriented Tibet policy of the Chinese government,” says Nadine Baumann, Executive Director of TID. “This especially concerns basic civil and political rights such as freedom of opinion, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion.”
In Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich, protest rallies will be held in front of the Chinese Consulates. In Berlin, TID and the Association of Tibetans in Germany (VTD) are organizing a demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy. Thousands of Tibetans and Tibet supporters will show their solidarity with Tibet. The campaign is also supported by German politicians and artists.
Today, Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID) accompanies Claudia Roth, Vice-president of the German Parliament (Bündnis90/DIE GRÜNEN – Green Party) to the commemoration ceremony in Dharamshala, India. TID’s Chairman, Mr Wolfgang Grader, will also be joining Claudia Roth at her meeting with the Tibetan exile and refugee community, and with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. With this visit, TID aims to strengthen advocacy for Tibet in Germany.