(TibetanReview.net, Mar12, 2015) – Some 300 people took part in a rally in front of the Chinese embassy in the Czech Republic’s capital Prague on Mar 10 to mark the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising against Chinese occupation rule, reported the Czech news agency ČTK.
“We are not opposed in the least to the Czech Republic conducting diplomatic and economic talks with China,” Martin Balcar, from the organiser Amnesty International, was quoted as saying. “We do not insist on any change in the political system, but on the observance of human rights for all Chinese, including Tibet.”
Jakub Klepal, executive director of the Forum 2000 Foundation, who also addressed the gathering, said top Czech politicians had once met Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, during his visits to the country. He expressed regret, however, that this was no longer the case as Czech leaders were afraid of the reaction from Chinese government. He said the country must not let anyone dictate its foreign policy.
Apart from the oppression of Tibetans, activists who spoke also mentioned Chinese government’s reprisals against Catholics and Muslims. They called on the Czech government not to ignore the issue of human rights in China and to mention it actively.
Prominent film director Olga Sommerova and former environment minister Martin Bursik were reported to be among those who took part in the commemoration event.