DHARAMSALA, 4 Feb: As many as 6 activists from the Tibetan Youth Congress(TYC) were detained by Delhi police for storming the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi for protesting the 2022 “genocide games” that opens in China today.
“A total of 6 TYC activists were detained for storming the Chinese embassy in New Delhi while protesting against the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in New Delhi earlier today,” TYC General Secretary Sonam Tsering said.
While the authorities have issued a special permit to the activist group in spite of the COVID-19 restrictions and allowed over hundred activists from the largest Tibetan NGO in exile to stage a protest march from Teen Murti to་ Chanakyapuri, that lies in close approximate to the Chinese embassy in the Indian capital, the activists detained reportedly tried to storm the Chinese embassy as they were detained by the police.
TYC stated in its press release that though “the Olympic game is a game of glory and an opportunity for sportsmen and women to share the spirit of love and friendship and promote peaceful solutions to the conflicting issues around the world in a fair and friendly manner,” they strongly objected to the games as it is hosted by China, “a country that has a grave record for their Human Rights Violations and for committing genocide of Tibetans. Uyghurs, and others who are colonized and controlled under an oppressive and repressive system.”
The Chinese communist regime “continues to commit gross Human Rights violations in Tibet and continues to demolish and destroy the monastic institutions down to ashes,” TYC said and cited the Chinese government’s forceful demolition of a 99-foot tall Buddha statue along with which, burned down 45 prayer wheels a month before the games in addition to a wave of ongoing demolitions in Drago and other parts of Tibet.”
“The situation in Tibet has sharply deteriorated since the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and an alarming number of Tibetans continue to die in custody under Chinese authorities and many have burned themselves in protest against China,” TYC said and added that “the brutal policies of the Chinese government are increasingly being recognized by the diplomatic boycotts from countries including the US and others.”
TYC has further warned that “the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics run a serious risk of legitimizing these abuses.”
“Despite the increasing abuses against Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hongkongers, Taiwanese, and Inner Mongolians, China has faced no challenge from the IOC,” the statement lamented and further urged “the international community and the world leaders to condemn the IOCs complicity in sports washing crime against humanity and to make China accountable for not only posing a threat to the survival of Tibetan culture and identity but also for posing a strategic and security threat to the free nations of the world.”
Expressing their firm belief that “Olympians are people of conscience who are committed to the Olympic Charter and its Fundamental Principles of Olympism that include a focus on the harmonious development of humankind, promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity, and rights and freedoms for all secured without discrimination of any kind,” the group urged and appealed “to the participating athletes to show their support and solidarity to our fight for the just cause by returning the blood-stained Medal that has cost countless lives, a medal made up of the minerals extracted by exploiting the rich natural resources of the Tibetan plateau and a medal known for the history of oppression.”
TYC included its statement with a “call to condemn the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics, the Genocide Games and make China accountable for the appalling rights, abuses and crackdowns on dissent.”
Additionally, some activists from the TYC have also submitted their appeal letter to the Chinese Embassy in Delhi and the Indian Olympic Association in Delhi today as well.