(TibetanReview.net, May10, 2017) – A university student union in Britain has quickly removed a Tibetan flag from display at its global diversity event because it offended Chinese students who threatened to inform their embassy, reported heatst.com May 7.
The report said that Students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, eastern England, recently held a global diversity event at which many flags of countries across the world were shown. And when some Chinese students saw the flag of Tibet, they complained and it was swiftly banished.
The student union has also offered an apology to the Chinese students.
Following controversy over the flag removal decision, Malaika Jaovisidha, the union’s international officer, has claimed the Tibetan flag was taken down because there was no official Tibetan students’ group at the university.
Earlier, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass Amherst) in the USA had also refused to allow the Tibetan national flag to be flown during its annual Parade of Nations procession of student flag-bearers event. The university claimed that its Tibetan students could not be allowed to display their national flag because Tibet was not recognized as a country by the government of USA.
Following communist victory, China launched an armed invasion of Tibet in 1950, formally annexed it in 1951, and imposed full occupation rule over the Himalayan territory in 1959 following a Tibetan uprising. It now claims that Tibet was part of Chinese territory since ancient times.
The flag of Taiwan was also reported to be in line for removal from the display at the University of East Anglia event but was granted a stay of execution following objections from the university’s Taiwan Society.