A group of 15 Tibetan bikers, rallying against the Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing next year, said China does not deserve to host games that uphold the virtues of unity and world peace and called on the Indian government to boycott the same. The Tibetans, who arrived in Ahmedabad on Sunday, stressed the flagrant violation of human rights by the Chinese occupation of their country.
Bikers are on a rally, organized by the Tibetan Youth Regional Congress-Delhi (RTYC), from Bengaluru to the nation’s capital to oppose the Winter Olympics to be held Feb. 4-20. The Ahmedabad stop was part of the rally that crosses 10 states and 40 locations in India.
Addressing the press conference in conjunction with the Gujarat branch of the India Tibet Friendship Society (ITFS) at Sabarmati Riverfront, RTYC Chairman Tsering Chomphel said: âThe main purpose of the rally is to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics, which will take place in February. We are not against gambling, but against the Chinese (government); because China never deserves to host the Olympic Games which represent unity, brotherhood, harmony and peace among nations. But China has never done this and is, in fact, against it (these virtues). There are a lot of political prisoners in China. We urge the Chinese government to release political prisoners.
Responding to a question, Chomphel said he wanted China’s complete freedom for Tibet as a country and not just as an autonomous state.
RTYC Secretary General Tenzin Lekshay noted that eight countries have already declared a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics and will also call on the Indian government to boycott the games.
âAlthough sport should ideally be kept away from politics in normal times, however, the atrocities perpetrated by China against Tibet and the Uyghur people in the form of an increase in deaths in police custody, torture , enforced sterilizations, enforced disappearances, genocide and the management of mass concentration camps raise fundamental questions about the fundamental principles of humanity. We cannot and must not take sport away from basic moral principles. . The international community cannot continue as if nothing had happened with China concerning its internal repressions and its aggression abroad from the Himalayan borders of India to Taiwan and the South China Sea â, he added. RTYC said in an official statement.
ITFS official Amit Jyotikar’s Gujarat section said Indians must support the cause of Tibet’s independence. The ITFS has been working to raise awareness about this issue since 1956, he said. âTibet is a buffer state between India and China. If Tibet becomes independent, it will help India save on the defense budget as well as on the harmful environmental effects of deforestation in Tibet (by China), âhe said.