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Friday, September 16, 2005

SFT UK REPRESENT!

Along with UK-based Free Tibet Campaign, SFT UK took the lead in a high-profile political theater protest against Canadian company Bombardier at the "InfraRail 2005 Exhibition," a railway industry trade show that took place in Manchester on Thursday.

SFTers everywhere have been targeting Bombardier for its partnership with the Chinese government in the ghastly China-Tibet railway, which the Dalai Lama recently remarked would be responsible for "cultural genocide" of the Tibetan people.

They apparently made quite a stir inside the exhibit before being ejected by security. To read more, check out the SFT UK page with the Press Release.

3 Comments:

  • At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Ben (SFT UK) said…

    If anyone's interested there's a couple of pictures from the action up on our blog. just go to http://sftuk.blogspot.com/

     
  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger nelly said…

    Hello.

    I'm a Canadian who just hitch-hiked for 17 days through Tibet in July, and I am slightly against the protest against Canadian company Bombardier.

    They are a publicly traded company; they prioritize their responsibility to shareholders, far above their moral or social responsibilities to the political situation in China.

    I believe that only the Chinese government can be held responsible for the construction of the China-Tibet railway. Bombardier, or any other beneficiary of the rail line for that matter, didn't convince the Chinese government to move forward with this project.

    I guess I am upset that a Canadian company is the target of protests, when they are not the source of fault in this situation.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff, Vancouver.

     
  • At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Tenzin S. said…

    Dear Jeff

    Foreign interprises/businesses shunned South Africa at the time of apartheid because of its blatant abuse and discriminatory practices against ethnic groups that weren't caucasian. These businesses put their monetary benefits on hold while human beings in a another part of the world (where they were investing) were being treated less than human(now that's an understatement).

    In Tibet, if you didn't already know so (even though you hitch-hiked for 17 days), Tibetans are a minority and the Chinese are a majority. Do you know what this railroad means in regards to the former sentence???

    There'll be HORDES more Chinese in Tibet who'll not only push Tibetans to the periphery of the economy there but also further accelerate cultural genocide and the militirization of the Tibetan plateau.

    I was in Tibet last year for almost three months, and every single Tibetan (with the exception of about two people) expressed their concern at this railway. Basically they said...(I'm quoting this verbatim)...."This [railway] will be the end of us [Tibetans]."

    To make a long story short, Bombardier is aiding the Chinese government in wiping out Tibet. Maybe it's not intentional on the part of Bombardier...but the effect that their participation will have on Tibet is obvious. We can see it and smell it a mile ahead.

    Thus we want Bombardier to hear our concerns...because their participation and cooperation with the Chinese government is not something that will affect nobody >>>> it's going to affect a whole country the size of western Europe and its inhabitants who have lived there for a couple thousand years.

    Those were my two cents.

     

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