March 19, 2008


'I see fire in the eyes of the Tibetans' (Vicky Nanjappa, March 19, 2008, Rediff)

Nawang Sithar left his motherland, Tibet, and came to India as a refugee in 1960, a year after the March 10, 1959 apprising. The 70-year-old has witnessed three major protests by Tibetans -- first in 1959, then 1987 and the present day uprising in Lhasa. According to him, the ongoing protest could be the most effective and the toughest.

Sithar, who spoke with the help of a translator, told [...]

The current battle is going to be the toughest and I see fire in the eyes of the Tibetans, as they are determined to make their point. I know China is more prepared this time and from what I hear and read, I also realise that they are more stubborn than before.

I personally feel that China cannot afford any embarrassment this time, considering the fact that the Olympics is round the corner. The more they subdue us, the more embarrassed they are going to be.

Since the Olympics is round the corner, I personally feel that China may give in a bit if not fully. However, it all depends on the youth of Tibet and also the manner in which men in power handle the issue. We have only hope and determination left and cannot rely on man power as we have become a minority in Tibet also.

Although there are indications that protests will go on till the Olympics, I feel that the heat should be on. We have gone quiet in the past and this has worked well for the Chinese.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2008 2:13 PM

Although I can't support a full boycott of the games, I can support a boycott of the opening and closing ceremonies.

I understand attending the ceremonies isn't part of the contract, so each country can decide that for themselves.

Even though I'll miss the parade (it's my favorite part of the games). I hope our kids do it.

Posted by: erp at March 19, 2008 5:29 PM

I agree totally with your title.

Maybe, just maybe, it could be different this time in China. Technology at least means a complete news blackout (the most desirable option for the PRC) is not possible.

Posted by: Luis at March 19, 2008 5:44 PM