From the China Information Website
Victims of Communism - Tibet
Tibet, about one and a half times the size of the State of NSW, a country of snow-covered mountains where all the major rivers of Asia originate, is a country under occupation by the Chinese Communists.
Tibetans are not chinese, they have their own language, their own culture,
their own religion, their own traditions, their own history.
The Chinese Communists invaded Tibet and took it over in 1949. It was as if Indonesia were to invade Australia, declare it a province of Indonesia, force everyone to speak Indonesian, put their own administration in place in Canberra, and kill or imprison any of us who resisted.
Cadel introduced the Dalai Lama at his public talk in Hobart and attended ATC's Nobel Peace Prize commemorative breakfast. In 2008, Cadel wore a cycling undershirt with the Tibetan flag and supported freedom for Tibet. He said: "Trying to bring awareness of the Tibet movement is something someone in my position can do. I just feel really sorry for them. They don't harm anyone and they are getting their culture taken away from them."
Learn all about Tibet and its struggle for freedom at the Australian Tibet Council
and the Australian Tibet Information Office
Tibetan-populated parts of China are experiencing their worst unrest in four years, it seems the new guard of Tibetan activists are frustrated with the Dalai Lamaís Buddhist compliance in the face of the occupation of Tibet by Communist China.
Listen to Philip Adams' interview with Tibetan-in-exile activist Tenzin Tsundue
CADEL EVANS - AN ACTIVE OPPONENT OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST OCCUPATION OF TIBET
19 October 1950, Qamdo, Tibet. A 40,000 strong army of the then year-old Peopleís Republic of China invades neighbouring Tibet, a country of monks, nomads and harmless Buddhist folk high up in the Himalayas. Some 10,000 people are killed, monasteries are razed (the Chinese will eventually level some 6000 religious sites), ancient texts burned, religious relics destroyed. Tibet appeals for international assistance. The United Nations condemns the Chinese invasion and, well, thatís about as far as that goes.
Defeated, a Tibetan delegation travels to Beijing in 1951 where they are effectively forced to sign the Seventeen Point Agreement Plan, an accord between the Chinese and Tibetans that commits the former to not interfering with the latterís political, cultural and religious institutions. When it becomes clear to the hapless Tibetans that the agreement is not worth spit, they do what occupied peoples always do: they rise up against their occupiers.read the full story...