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Thursday, November 03, 2005

I think Bombardier heard us...

Han from SFT HQ here. I'm tired and need to get away from this machine for a little while but I wanted to drop a quick post in case someone gets to this blog in a creative way, bypassing the SFT site and the www.BOMBARDIERoutofTibet.org site where you can see the creative global opposition to Bombardier's involvement in the China Tibet Railway. Today, see, was an International Day of Action in the Tibet Movement's campaign against the China Tibet railway. We're opposing Canadian transportation company Bombardier's involvement with the railway, a project that could have dreadful consequences for Tibetans... and Tibet.

A bunch of us from the New York office went upstate to a Bombardier plant not far from the Canada border to deliver a letter to Bombardier management, talk to the employees... and the media (there was a piece on NBC's 6 o'clock evening news). It was a worthwhile trip and we heard that senior management issued a memo to treat us protesters nicely, but not to take any of our information. Hmm, well, we sure know they are hearing us. It seems like they're hoping to withstand the noise (and the investigations in Parliament in Canada, and the media scrutiny, and the guilt...) until they get PAID. Bombardier CEO Laurent Beaudoin is saying "I can't worry about colonialism and cultural genocide (according to the Dalai Lama) when there are profits to be made."

Anyway, it was a cold morning in Plattsburgh outside the factory gates but we were hardly alone. Check out www.BOMBARDIERoutofTibet.org to see others taking action around the world. Oh, and they've hardly heard the last of us.

5 Comments:

  • At 11:05 PM, Blogger EmailHosting.com said…

    Thanks for the link. Interesting...

     
  • At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Ben (SFT UK) said…

    Well, when there's profit involved I guess cultural genocide is okay. (Sorry, British sarcasm strikes again).

     
  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger kate said…

    Bombardier definetely heard us and saw us all over the world yesterday!
    Let's keep the momentum going, don't stop sending in those photos

     
  • At 5:30 PM, Anonymous alma said…

    i think the global day of action and the website are brilliant.

    tibet: 1
    bombardier: 0

     
  • At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just heard the news of Canadian mining groups are "secretly" in talks with Tibetan NGO to settle the protest. I found that very disturbing specially the tibetan activist comment; "We are trying to be creative in our approach" What?!! What the hell does he mean by creative? I agree with Ben (sft UK) We are protesting not because we need a share in this project, we are in it to stop this DAMN TRAIN. We always compromise, When I was a child we were fighting for Rangzen which means independence, before you know it, we are no longer seeking that. All the blood, sacrifice and sweat of our brave country men are in vain. What communist China started lets finished it good. Thanks to all the non-tibetan supporters for your tireless works and sympathies.
    Tenzin

     

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