Why is it so fashionable to protest in favour of Tibet?

Filed under: Tibet Protest — Patty Gillmore
12 Feb

There are so many other injustices in the World that get much less interest. Is someone funding the protest against China? Is there a vested interest at play?

What about Palestine, Aceh, Tamils, Kurdistan, Chechens, Burma? To name but a few.

Attention seekers tend to gyrate to such ’causes’. How else can they get their names and pictures in the news with the least effort? And, of course, there are vested interests. The US and Germany are the biggest sponsors of the renegade Tibet separatist movement. The US because of its geo-political inetersts and Germany because of the links with Heinrich Harrer foundation. Harrer from Germany was the Dallai Lama’s personal mentor and taught him all he knew about the west and his home-spun philosophy.

See:

http://www.historynet.com/cias-secret-war-in-tibet.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOhDBo6x2ZY

for starters.

8 Comments »

  1. Because it is currently in the news!

    Seeing a China as a big heartless corporation, Tibetan protesters are the little guys.

    But seriously, it is awful so many of them have disappeared. I agree there are problems elsewhere but the media decides what is big and what isn’t. Besides, the co-inciding with the Olympics added extra fervour.

    You think Madeleine McCann was the only child to go missing in the last 12 months? Do you know how many 10 – 14 year olds go missing in London?
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    Comment by Omstarts — February 12, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  2. Fashion does not come into it. The troubles in Tibet have probably been brought to our attention more as world attention focused on China in the run-up to the Olympic games. What better time to highlight your plight than when your ‘aggressor’ is in the public eye and trying to create a positive impression. Yes, there are many other issues out there but how many have the window of opportunity for public awareness created by the Olympic games? If you had to fight for what you thought was right, when would you do it: When you had most chance of public support or when they had all forgotten you? Life is complicated, my friend, and perceived injustice is widespread.
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    Comment by Qingda — February 12, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

  3. China wins hands down in terms of scale – they execute 12,000 people per year for starters! And what do you suggest – just because there are lots of issues we should ignore this one? Tibet is occupied by a hostile force which exerts a ridiculous degree of control. China should not be there – end of. It has nothing to do with fashion. Most countries have a vested interest to support China or at least not to upset them because of the size of their markets. Tibet is ignored by foreign governments because china is too valuable as a trading partner.
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    Comment by LillyB — February 12, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  4. Attention seekers tend to gyrate to such ’causes’. How else can they get their names and pictures in the news with the least effort? And, of course, there are vested interests. The US and Germany are the biggest sponsors of the renegade Tibet separatist movement. The US because of its geo-political inetersts and Germany because of the links with Heinrich Harrer foundation. Harrer from Germany was the Dallai Lama’s personal mentor and taught him all he knew about the west and his home-spun philosophy.

    See:
    http://www.historynet.com/cias-secret-war-in-tibet.htm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOhDBo6x2ZY

    for starters.
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    Comment by Dalli the Lama — February 12, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  5. Well said. Don’t get me wrong, Tibet is as worthy as any other cause but as you say there are so many other places where the people are having a much tougher time but it doesn’t grab headlines for those allegedly bothered.

    In my opinion AIDS is the same sort of issue. Once more don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it is not a worthy cause and it is a terrible disease BUT if it wasn’t for the fact that a number of celebrities have died of it then it would not have the exposure it does. It gets a disproportionate amount of exposure and compared to other diseases that should reach the public conscience too.
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    Comment by ShuggieMac — February 12, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  6. As an American, we have other more pressing concerns right in our own back yard. If one is looking for something to protest, let’s start with our treatment of the elderly and veterans. (to name just two groups)

    I am sure other countries have equally pressing concerns at home. So, to answer your question, supporting Tibet appears to be fashionable because it makes the supporters feel better. In reality there is little net effect from such protests. Time and resources would be better spent fixing things for our own.
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    Comment by some-yank — February 12, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  7. Because there are so many celebrities who are Buddhist and it is very fashionable. It’s interesting to note that Noam Chomski made that same observation and suggested that if Palestinians burnt an Israeli flag openly in a demonstration in the middle of Tel-Aviv, the Israeli army would open fire on them. Not so with Tibetans in Tienanmen Square.
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    Comment by Greg B — February 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  8. Because they are sad bastards who like to think Tibet was some sort of Shrangri la before the Chinese took over the country quietly forgetting the abject poverty and squalor most people lived in,
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    Comment by michaelstone1690 — February 12, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

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