Free Tibet - Paris, France
This has been on my mind since I saw it in person, our first day in Paris. I should have posted about this long ago, but I felt I didn’t have the opportunity to sit down and properly write a post about it until now. Please forgive me for not doing this in a more timely manner.
On our first day in Paris we took a guided tour. One of our stops took us to a spot where you could - on a sunny day - take a nice, scenic picture of the Eiffel standing behind you (see my post of Paris, France). When we got off the bus, our guide said, “Huh. Well if you look over there - there’s a Free Tibet protest.”
Naturally, I looked over there and there was, indeed, a Free Tibet Protest. This was in the last week of October after several Tibetan monks had self-immolated themselves in the hopes to further along their cause. What is their cause?
The freedom of their people and the reinstatement of their basic rights.
Since 1950, Tibet has been under Chinese occupation, and many monks have fled in order to escape persecution. Since then, Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns have ceaselessly used protests and other campaign strategies in an attempt to change the Chinese governments policies regarding them, their people, and their nation. Recently, however, a rising number of monks and nuns have resorted to self-immolation (lighting oneself on fire), and the situation has become increasingly more urgent and dire.
The Tibetan people are asking for help - they need a real and concrete change.
I believe we can make that happen.
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