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The awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo has thrown the
world's spotlight onto China and given new hope to those it oppresses, including Tibet.
Azriel Re'Shel senses this is a pivotal moment for this precious land.
For centuries, a race of pure
hearted humble humanitarians
has bowed their heads, prostrated
their bodies and blessed the
world with their prayers for the entire
human race: "May all beings be free, may
all beings be happy, may all beings be
free from the causes of suffering."
Perched on the snowy roof of the
world, these loving and compassionate
beings have kept a vigil over the Light of
our planet. The continuous soft hum of
their selfless prayers has resonated into
the high mountains and propelled all
of us towards better rebirths, higher
consciousness and greater happiness.
The Tibetan situation with China
provides us with a microcosm of global
issues, a classic "battle" between the
forces of light and dark, consciousness
and ignorance, spiritual values as opposed
to material values. Just as our world
appears to be tilted on the brink of either
catastrophe or a new age, so we see Tibet
teetering on the edge. The very future of
Tibetans as a people is uncertain, as their
country has been swamped by Chinese
immigration, environmental destruction
and their spiritual values and way of life
all but completely destroyed.
With the recent awarding of the
prestigious Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese
activist, writer and poet, Liu Xiaobo, who
is currently languishing in a Chinese
prison due to his comments against the
Communist regime ruling his country,
the global spotlight has focused sharply
on China -- and the cat has most certainly
been set among the pigeons.
This momentous event, which signals
a small turning of the global community
towards truth and integrity instead of
bowing to economic pressure and bully
tactics, could spell a loosening of the
noose of Chinese control, human rights
abuses and unlawful occupation of Tibet.
Recently, in Hong Kong, nearly a
thousand protesters demanded Liu
Xiaobo be released and criticised China
for its human rights abuses, including lack
of freedom of speech and other basic
human rights. There were also other
protests in America on Human Rights Day
by Tibetans and Chinese nationals. And
despite China pressuring the international
community to boycott the Nobel Prize
Awards ceremony, most countries
attended. Those who supported the
boycott included Russia, Pakistan, Ukraine,
and the Philippines, while Serbia reversed
its initial decision to stay away in the face
of intense EU criticism.
As a South African, I lived through
the momentous time of the changeover
from the apartheid regime to a democratic
regime and I feel China is cresting on a
wave that is slowly heading in a similar
direction. With this Nobel Peace Prize
awarded to a Chinese activist incarcerated
'Even with all the challenges the Tibetan nation faces,
these enduring people still provide pure and amazing teachings
to the rest of the world.'
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