Ti­bet needs our help

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

I write about an is­sue in China. Though it is far away it is an is­sue that should not be ig­nored any longer, even if the Chinese gov­ern­ment is try­ing to hide it from the world. This is­sue that I re­fer­ring to is the mur­der of one mil­lion peo­ple and a soonto-be ex­tinct peace­ful way of life.

Ti­bet was once an in­de­pen­dent, peace­ful nation in the Hi­malayas. It was gov­erned by the po­lit­i­cal and spir­i­tual leader, the Dali Lama. The Chinese gov­ern­ment went to over­throw the now Cana­dian leader of Ti­bet, and suc­ceeded be­cause Ti­bet has no real army. Ti­bet for­bids vi­o­lence.

The Dali Lama had no choice other than to flee to In­dia in 1959 with over 100,000 other Ti­betan refugees. Those who fought in Ti­bet and China then, and still fight the Chinese gov­ern­ment to­day, are im­pris­oned or mur­dered and there is no free­dom of speech, re­li­gion and there is no out­side me­dia which is why this is all so se­cret. How­ever, re­porters and peo­ple with ev­i­dence have got­ten out of China and pub­lished their find­ings on the In­ter­net or other me­dia out­side of China.

I don’t need to tell you that this is very wrong and some­thing truly needs to be done. but it needs to be done peace­fully be­cause the Dali Lama’s re­li­gion is Bud­dhism and this re­li­gion does not con­done vi­o­lence in their way of life. That’s some­thing I be­lieve that makes sense for all of us to do.

China it­self is not our en­emy, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with what they are do­ing. We all need to take a stand and peace­fully protest what China is do­ing to these in­no­cent peo­ple be­cause al­ready we have ig­nored over one mil­lion un­just mur­ders, count­less un­just ar­rests, and the de­struc­tion of over 6,000 monas­ter­ies.

Please help be­cause with­out us Ti­bet will have lit­tle hope of jus­tice.To help by do­nat­ing or ed­u­cat­ing your­self fur­ther, visit: http://ti­bet.ca/

If you’re a stu­dent like me, get the word out here: http://stu­dents­forafreeti­bet.org/

Beckie La­hey Heart’s Con­tent

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