Bike rally from the Leh city of the Indian union territory of Ladakh to Kardong la pass organised by Sonamling Tibetan Settlement Freedom Support Group calling for the boycott of 2022 Beijing winter Olympics and to extend heartfelt gratitude to Enes Kanter Freedom.
DHARAMSALA, 6 Dec: “Victory for Tibet,” Tibetans chanted as they flagged off a bike rally from Leh to Kardong la, the highest motorable pass in the world calling for the boycott of the soon to be held 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing while also thanking NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom for calling out China over human-rights violations and supporting the Tibetan cause.
The bike rally from the Leh city of the Indian union territory of Ladakh to Kardong la has been organised by the Sonamling Tibetan Settlement Freedom Support Group calling for the boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics and to extend “our heartfelt gratitude to Enes Kanter Freedom for speaking out about Human Rights violations in Tibet and support for the truth and for standing with Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hong Kongers, Taiwanese, and Inner Mongolians,” Dawa Dolma, a spokesperson from the group said.
Declaring the Olympics Games as the world’s foremost sporting event and that the vision of the IOC is to build a better world through sport, she lamented that it does not sit right when the largest authoritarian regime in the world is going to host the 2022 winter games two months from now.
“China being the least free country with the worst record of human rights violations should not have been awarded the games in the first place,” she said calling out China over the gross violation of human rights of Tibetans, Uighurs and Hong Kongers alike.
To the IOC, the group cautioned “is China really building a better world by violating freedom and human rights?”
“Boycott 2022 Beijing Olympics. We can not let this blood game happen again and again,” she concluded.
As many as 13 activists from the group including six bikers took part in the rally held on Saturday shouting and holding slogans such as “Boycott Beijing 2022,” “No Rights, No Games,” ” No More Games in CCP ruling country,” “Tibet is Not Part of China,” “China, End the Occupation in Tibet,” and “Thank You, Enes Kanter Freedom”.
The Games are scheduled to begin on 4 Feb next year, but calls to boycott it continue to get steam.
The Tibetan parliament in exile unanimously approved a resolution at its 10th session on the 18th of March calling on the Tibetan cabinet, the parliament as well as all governmental and non-governmental Tibetan entities to launch a worldwide campaign of protests against the Beijing Olympics.
Meanwhile, Penpa Tsering, the President of Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) ‘called out the democratic nations and the like-minded countries to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics hosted by China,’ at the fourth Geneva Forum earlier in Nov.