1. Free Tibet… from the education system, healthcare system, and flourishing infrastructure that China introduced?
2. Free Tibet… from the secular government that abolished Tibet’s traditional feudal theocracy?
3. Free Tibet… from the roughly 2.5 billion dollars that China pumps into Tibet each year to build its infrastructure and fund its government expenditures?
4. Free Tibet… from taxes? What taxes? There are no taxes! The Chinese government pours its own money into assisting and improving Tibet without even levying taxes in return.
5. Free Tibet… by charging and assaulting a disabled Olympic torch bearer and attempting to wrestle the Olympic torch from her?
6. Free Tibet… by trampling on the rights of athletes, organizers, volunteers, and everyone who put so much work into the 2008 Olympics to enjoy the fruits of their labor?
7. Free Tibet… by vocally and violently sowing the seeds of dissent and division at a venue that is supposed to promote unity?
8. Free Tibet… by pulling publicity stunts that agitate the Chinese government, anger the Chinese people, and thus cause those currently governing Tibet to resent Tibet even more?
9. Free Tibet… by wildly waving around the flag of Tibet like a handkerchief of Eurocentric righteousness (by the way, those flags are probably made in China so you’re actually supporting the Chinese government)?
10. Free Tibet… by inappropriately and unabashedly using the Olympic Games as a bulletin board for sensationalist “FREE [insert word here]” slogans?
Come on, at least bother to look up Tibet on Wikipedia before running your mouth about “freeing” Tibet. The idea of “freeing” Tibet so it can return to its feudal (5% aristocracy, 95% slaves / serfs) theocracy (ruled by the Dalai Lama and monks) in the name of democracy and human rights tickles me.
The idea of promoting “human rights” by disrespecting the rights of athletes, organizers, volunteers, and everyone who worked so hard for the 2008 Olympic Games to enjoy the fruits of their labor reeks of hypocrisy.
Finally, and most importantly, the 2008 Beijing Olympics is a cultural event, not a political one, and in attacking it, you are not protesting a government, but disrespecting a people. In America, you have the freedom of speech, but I do not recall the freedom of stupidity.
I believe that China has made tremendous progress as a nation, in the world and in Tibet. I concede that it has its shortcomings, but in that sense, they are not so different from other world powers.
This whole China-Tibet / Beijing Olympics fiasco has placed unduly, undeservedly, and unnecessarily excessive negative attention on China. It does neither helps the Tibetans nor the Olympics, but unifies people against each other.
It is to my belief that their actions are both ineffective to the Tibetan cause and infuriating to the Chinese people. Their arguments only reflect their ignorance, gullibility, prejudice, hypocrisy, and sensationalism.
The China-Tibet issue is periphery; the protestor problem is secondary. The true and core issue at hand is ignorance.