June 14, 2004
Tibet: Peaceful Protest in Hungary and Poland
Peaceful demonstration, to protest against China's repressive and harsh policies in Tibet, during President Hu Jintao's visit to Hungary and Poland upsets Chinese officials
Budapest, June 13 - Around 20-30 protestors, including resident Tibetans and members
of TSG Hungary staged peaceful demonstration to protest against China's repressive
and harsh policies in Tibet during President Hu Jintao's visit to Hungary from
June 10-12, 2004. Carrying large banners and placards bearing slogans "Long
Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama", " Release Panchen Lama", "Release
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche", "Free Tibet Save Tibet", "Long Live
Tibet-Hungary Friendship", the demonstrators gathered at major areas of central
Budapest, including the Parliament House, Hosok Tere and outside Hilton Hotel,
where the Chinese delegation headed by President Hu Jintao stayed during the visit.
Outraged at seeing the Tibetan national flag flying high-up to the sky during
the flower-laying ceremony at Hosok Tere on 10th June, one Chinese Embassy official
came rushing towards the protestors and burst the large gas-powered balloons used
for flying the flag. Despite the presence of the police, the Chinese official
attacked the leader of the protestors in an attempt of piercing the second balloon.
The police then seized the Chinese official, who was let away with a warning.
This incident was widely covered by the national television, radio and newspapers.
A similar incident has reportedly occurred in the city of Warsaw, Poland when
some angry Chinese officials attacked the peaceful protestors and snatched the
Tibetan National Flags during Hu Jinato's visit to Poland from June 8-10, 2004.
Numerous billboards, denouncing China's human rights violation in Tibet, set
up on the road from airport by Polish chapter of Students for Free Tibet the
night before Hu Jintao's visit were destroyed, which attracted the attention
of the Polish television and newspapers.
Report Courtesy – Oot, Budapest