Protests greet Chinese President in The Hague, Paris, and Berlin


(, Mar30, 2014) As Chinese President Xi Jinping visited The Hague, Paris, and Berlin from Mar 24 onwards, Tibetans and supporters of the Tibetan struggle staged demonstrations, demanding that he end the violent repression in occupied Tibet and begin talks with the Dalai Lama or his representatives to reach a peaceful negotiated solution.

In The Hague, as Xi took part in the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on Mar 24, Tibetans, joined by member of the Unrepresented Nation and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Uighur communities, staged a demonstration.

Dutch parliament member Harry van Bommel was among the speakers. The others included Chinese human rights activist and singer Mona Tang; member of the Chinese Democratic Party (Paris) Chen Zhonghe; member of the Chinese Republic Party (New York), Wang Guoxing; chair of the Tibetan community in the Netherlands Tsewang Loazoen, and the executive director of ICT Europe Ms Tsering Jampa.

Copies of a painting showing President Xi and the Dalai Lama shaking hands were carried by a number of demonstrators. And they shouted “freedom for East Turkestan!” “freedom for Tibet!”

In Paris, five members of the France regional chapter of Tibetan Youth Congress were briefly detained after they staged a protest near the Chinese embassy on Mar 28. They raised slogans such as ‘Free Tibet’, ‘Tibet belongs to Tibetans’, and ‘Shame on you Xi’.

The day before, more than a hundred Tibetans and supporters carried out a demonstration near the Eiffel Tower, carrying pictures of Tibetan self-immolators and the Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. They carried banners and placards saying, ‘Hollande, team up with world leaders to save Tibetan lives’ and ‘Wake up United Nations’.

In Berlin, Tibetans and the Tibet support group Tibet Initiative Deutschland e.V. held protests in front of the Bellevue Palace and the Federal Chancellery. They carried a large banner reading “Xi, Dialogue instead of Violence in Tibet.”

The Tibet supporters asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to address the human right situation in Tibet in her talks with Xi Jinping and to strongly call for an end to China’s oppressive policies there.


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