How London is keeping the memories of the Tiananmen Massacre alive?

A short documentary by two international journalists Ka Long Tung and Adwitiya Pal from Cardiff University, Wales, UK

A Protester holding placard outside Chinese Embassy on 4th June 2022.

Thousands joined London rallies to mark the 33rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4th.

The Unite for Democracy” Rally started off in Whitehall, opposite 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister on Saturday, 4th June from 4pm to 5.30pm. This was immediately followed by a second rally in Piccadilly Circus where hundreds joined in to mark the poignant chapter in the history of democracy movement in China.

At 7.30pm the main June 4th Vigil Rally was held outside the Chinese Embassy where thousands attended. The vigil was first started by Dr. Stephen Ng MBE and his colleagues soon after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. This year’s vigil rally saw the biggest turnout ever since it was started 33 years ago.

Two young international journalists from Cardiff University travelled to London to cover the political rallies. Here is their short documentary.

Ka Long Tung is an independent journalist from Hong Kong, who is currently pursuing an MA in International Journalism at Cardiff University, Wales.

Previously worked as Online News Editor for Ming Pao, Ka Long Tung also served as an Editor for the Chinese University Student Press. He frequently writes and makes documentaries on a wide range of issues. Here is a link to his blog.

Adwitiya Pal is a Multimedia journalist, who writes about science, environment, culture and policy issues. He is pursuing MA in International Journalism at Cardiff University, Wales. Here is a link to his blog.

Useful link:

https://cardiffjournalism.co.uk/intercardiff/global-city

London Exhibition to highlight His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Four Principal Commitments

As part of the celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 87th birthday, a special photographic-exhibition will be on public display in central London next month. On 6th July 1935, Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama was born in Taktser, Amdo province in north-eastern Tibet.

This special photographic-exhibition aims to highlight the emergence of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s Four Principal Commitments.

Organised by the Tibet House Trust and the Office of Tibet, the exhibition will be held at The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL from Thursday, 7th July | 10am to Sunday, 10th July | 7pm. It is open to the public for four days.

Organisers have also planned fringe events during the course of the exhibition in the evenings when eminent Buddhist scholars will give public talks. There will be children-focus activities on Saturday, 9th July.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take pictures with a life-size cut-picture of The Dalai Lama, try on Tibetan traditional costumes and play with traditional Tibetan musical instruments.

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, Lineage Holder of Shangpa Kagyu, will give a talk on Religious Harmony on Thursday 7th July from 6pm to 7pm.

Venerable Geshe Tenzin Namdak, Resident Teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre will give public talk on Compassion and Warm Heartedness on Friday, 8th July from 6pm to 7pm.

On Saturday, 9th July from 11am to 1pm, there will be Children’s hands-on activities.

(Please see the posters for further details.)

All the events are free, however, attendees are requested to register via the EventBrite.

The Four Principal Commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Firstly, as a human being, His Holiness is concerned with encouraging people to be happy – helping them understand that if their minds are upset mere physical comfort will not bring them peace, but if their minds are at peace even physical pain will not disturb their calm. He advocates the cultivation of warm-heartedness and human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. He says that as human beings we are all the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who have no religious belief can benefit if they incorporate these human values into their lives. His Holiness refers to such human values as secular ethics or universal values. He is committed to talking about the importance of such values and sharing them with everyone he meets.

Secondly, as a Buddhist monk, His Holiness is committed to encouraging harmony among the world’s religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences between them, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognise the value of their respective traditions. The idea that there is one truth and one religion is relevant to the individual practitioner. However, with regard to the wider community, he says, there is a need to recognise that human beings observe several religions and several aspects of the truth.

Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and as the ‘Dalai Lama’ is the focus of the Tibetan people’s hope and trust. Therefore, he is committed to preserving Tibetan language and culture, the heritage Tibetans received from the masters of India’s Nalanda University, while also speaking up for the protection of Tibet’s natural environment.

In addition, His Holiness has lately spoken of his commitment to reviving awareness of the value of ancient Indian knowledge among young Indians today. His Holiness is convinced that the rich ancient Indian understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions, as well as the techniques of mental training, such as meditation, developed by Indian traditions, are of great relevance today. Since India has a long history of logic and reasoning, he is confident that its ancient knowledge, viewed from a secular, academic perspective, can be combined with modern education. He considers that India is, in fact, specially placed to achieve this combination of ancient and modern modes of knowing in a fruitful way so that a more integrated and ethically grounded way of being in the world can be promoted within contemporary society.

Tibetan Community in Britain celebrates His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 87th Birthday – Annual Event

On Saturday, 9th July 2022, the Tibetan Community in Britain are organising His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 87th Birthday Celebration at The Old Town Hall, Stratford. New Venue: 29 The Broadway, London, E15 4BQ. (For full details, please check the poster below.)

Useful Links:

www.tibet-house-trust.co.uk

www.dalailama.com

www.tibet.net

www.tibetancommunityuk.net

www.shangpakagyu.org

www.jamyang.co.uk

www.octobergallery.co.uk

FILE – In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees at the Buddha Park in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, India. More than 150 Tibetan religious leaders say their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, should have the sole authority to choose his successor. A resolution adopted by the leaders at a conference on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, says the Tibetan people will not recognize a candidate chosen by the Chinese government for political ends. ( AP Photo/Tenzin Choejor, File)

Tibetan identity and cultural heritage highlighted at Annual Festival in London

After a gap of two years due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, the London School of Tibetan Language & Culture held its first post-COVID Annual Festival on Sunday, 12th June. It was held at the Asian Community Centre in Plumstead, south-east London.

Tibetan children are the focus of this annual cultural fest, which provides a platform to exhibit what they had learned during the year in a two-hour public programme. The Annual Festival was open from 11am with various fun games for the kids and guests. Invited guests, parents, friends and members of the Tibetan Community UK attended the cultural event. Special invited guests included the Representative of the Dalai Lama and his colleagues from the Office of Tibet, and the Chairman and the General Secretary of  Tibetan Community UK. His Eminence Lelung Tulku of the Lelung Dharma Centre and visiting Geshe Lobsang Drakpa from Dzongkar Choede Monastery, Hunsur (south India), blessed the Tibetan cultural festival with their presence.

After the vegetarian lunch, the main programme began at 2pm with Buddhist prayers and the Tibetan National Anthem. This followed a welcome and introduction by senior students. Children from various classes made presentations on Tibetan history, language, grammar, and elocution of romantic songs, composed by the 6th Dalai Lama. They also played musical instruments including Dranyen (six-string lute), encouraging the audience to join in with popular Tibetan songs. Beautiful dances were performed by junior members to the delight of the audience. 

Tenzin Zeydhan, Executive Secretary of the Tibet House Trust, thanked everyone involved, especially the Parents Committee and the teachers, for their cooperation in materialising this year’s Annual Festival.

After the presentation of certificates to those children who had left the school in the previous years, His Excellency Sonam Tsering Frasi, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, addressed the gathering. He stated that the weekend Tibetan school, which aims to serve the Tibetan Community towards the preservation of their unique language and culture, proved to be beneficial. Whilst encouraging parents to put extra efforts at home, the Tibetan diplomat thanked all concerned including the teachers, children and the Tibetan Community for their continued efforts and cooperation towards the shared goals of preserving Tibetan language and culture.

Tsering Tsomo, member of the Parents Committee, gave a ‘Vote of Thanks’ on behalf of the organisers. She said that the London School of Tibetan Language & Culture continued to operate due to vital assistance from the Tibet House Trust and the Office of Tibet. Tsomo acknowledged and thanked The Camellia Foundation for its continued support via the Tibet House Trust. She also acknowledged various individuals for their support. Tsomo thanked His Eminence Lelung Tulku and the Lelung Dharma Trust for donating over a thousand pounds to cover the costs of this year’s festival. 

Next, it was time for the first round of Gorshey that everyone was waiting for – the popular Tibetan circle dance, led by Tenzin Samphel, a dance master. After the delicious dinner, there was time for more Gorshey after the organisers extended the hall booking by another hour – until 8pm!

It was a memorable day for everyone, especially the children and their parents. His Eminence Lelung Tulku, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Lelung Dharma Trust, later told this author that he was very touched by the achievements the young children have made during the year. He said, “It’s so wonderful to see the efforts put in by the small Tibetan Community to educate the younger generation about our language, history and culture.”

About the London School of Tibetan Language & Culture (LSTLC)

The school has history dating back to the early 1990s, when a small number of Tibetan children initially attended Tibetan language class at the Tibet House, when Kasur Kesang Takla was the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet, London. Late Gan Tsering Dhundup Gonkatsang was the first Tibetan Language Teacher who taught the Tibetan children for many years. 

As the small London-based Tibetan Community grew over the past decade, the weekend Tibetan language class had to adapt to the changing situation. After a year-long rigorous efforts made by all concerned stakeholders to bring the small Tibetan Community together to a more centrally located Tibetan learning centre, the London School of Tibetan Language and Culture was formally inaugurated on Sunday, 11th September 2016 at John F Kennedy Special School in Stratford, east London. Currently, there are four teachers and 47 children who attend the LSTLC. The children come from the Greater London region and the neighourbouring counties including, Hertfordshire and Surrey. The school currently accepts admission from Year 1 students or 6 years-old and above.

Volunteer teachers from Tibetan Community UK facilitate the Teaching & Learning of Tibetan language (reading, writing and spoken), history, traditional music and dance to the children, most of whom are born in this country. These weekly sessions are held on Sundays from 10am to 1pm in Stratford, east London, during school term-time (an equivalent of 36 Sundays annually). Additional sessions are also held to prepare for special events. The school begins with Morning Assembly, when children recite Buddhist prayers and give presentations, followed by three 45-minutes sessions for Tibetan history, language and music. 

The Tibet House Trust and the Office of Tibet continue to provide support to the LSTLC. Prior to the Tibet House Trust’s initiative, the UK chapter of the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) ran Tibetan language classes for Tibetan children at weekends.

Tibetan language classes are now held at weekends across the UK including in Bristol.

(This report is filed by Tsering Passang, who attended the Annual Festival.)

Useful links:

http://www.facebook.com/LSTLandC

www.tibet-house-trust.co.uk

thecamelliafoundation.org

www.tibetancommunityuk.net

www.tibet.net 

www.lelung.org

‘A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’

A Buddhist Talk by Geshe Lobsang Drakpa, Senior Lecturer at the Dzongkar Choede Monastery in Hunsur, south India

Geshe Lobsang Drakpa graduated from Sera Jey University in 2010 with a Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest academic accolade in Buddhist Philosophy as per the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Organised by the Lelung Dharma Trust, this talk is held at the Lelung Dharma Centre. There will be a Q&A session.

Date / Time: Friday, 10th June 2022 from 7pm – 8.15pm

Venue: Lelung Dharma Centre, Peace House, Parkside Way,  North Harrow, HA2 6BX (Tube station: North Harrow)

Useful link: www.lelung.org

Bedding With Authoritarian Regimes: Is The West Losing Its Core Principles Over Trade And Short-Term Gains?

This Op-ed piece by Tsering Passang, Founder & Chairman, Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities, was published by the Tibet Rights Collective.

Photo: Tibet Sun / Tibet Rights Collective

The rugged mountains of remote Mustang, near the Nepal-Tibet border, was a perfect base for the voluntary Tibetan guerrilla resistance force in the 1960s and 70s. A tough terrain to make home even today despite some improved infrastructures. Scarcity of food means any supplies including rice and kerosene oil were three-fold or dearer than elsewhere in Nepal due to transportation costs. Caravans of mules and human potters were the only mode of transportation that took weeks to deliver basic supplies from the nearest town of Pokhara.

Limited crops grown in this hidden Buddhist kingdom depended on rainwater. A basic healthcare system was non-existent at the time. Local people resorted to traditional medicine, first-aid and spiritual healings instead of seeking professional modern medical assistance. The nearest hospital was a month’s trek or quicker on horse ride. More so, it was a risky trek with steep cliffs and dry weather storms. One was lucky to meet a passerby even after hours of trek. Needless to mention possible encounters with robbers and wild animals such as leopards. Although limited roads were built in recent years, Upper Mustang was closed to foreign tourists until 1990.

It was precisely for this reason the CIA backed the Tibetan guerrillas to conduct covert-operation from the remote region to gather intelligence and raid into Tibet. For Tibetans it was an attempt to fight back the Communist China but there were limited military hardware supplies from Washington.

After Mao Tsetung’s PLA troops invaded Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama fled into exile in India, in March 1959, where the Tibetan Leader established Tibetan Government-in-exile (aka Central Tibetan Administration). Some 80,000 Tibetan refugees followed their spiritual leader. In addition, thousands of Tibetan refugees fled to the neighbouring countries including Nepal and Bhutan.

My father crossed the Nepal-Tibet border into Dolpo, near Mustang, with his uncle, when he was about 10 years old. Some Khampa fighters tried to recruit him several times at such a young age but on their third attempt he decided to join the Tibetan voluntary force after asking his uncle. Born in the Tibetan Year of Tiger, my father turned 72 earlier this year. His faith and loyalty to the Dalai Lama is unquestionable. He is still a member of the Tibetan Youth Congress, which advocates for Tibetan independence.

During my mother’s second pregnancy (with me), she left Mustang after the fate of the Tibetan resistance movement in Mustang had been decided. She had a one-year old son to carry on her back and trekked for a month to reach the nearest town of Pokhara. About six months later, I was born at a temporary refugee shelter, where the family camped for just under a year. My father joined the family after serving 6-months detention in Nepalese prisons with several hundred Tibetan guerrilla fighters. After camping for several months at another temporary shelter, my family was finally resettled at a more permanent Tibetan refugee camp where I grew up.

Kissinger’s Rapprochement with Communist China

Kissinger with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong | Photo: Wikipedia

Thousands of miles away, unknown to the Tibetan resistance fighters, former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who is probably the number one proponent of the Chinese regime, was secretly courting the Communist leaders in China. Apparently, his multiple secret trips and talks with the Chinese leaders were leading somewhere. After giving Communist China a permanent seat in the UN Security Council (by replacing the Republic of China or Taiwan), the 1972 historic visit by President Richard Nixon to the People’s Republic of China was an important strategic and diplomatic overture with the object of bringing Chairman Mao’s brutal regime into the geo-political scene. This was to gain leverage over relations with the Soviet Union.

Backed by President Bill Clinton, China’s entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) hugely benefited the Chinese brutal regime. Despite failing to abide by their pledges and obligations, which the Chinese leaders promised in order to secure entry into the WTO (i.e. improving human rights and religious freedom etc.), the West did not hold China accountable.

China under Xi Jinping has become a serious and strategic threat not only to the US and Europe but to global peace and security. Xi Jinping and his regime have shown their complete disregard, posing serious challenges and undermining western core principles and values such as freedom, democracy and human rights.

Short-term Gains

In Europe, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who served in the highest office of Germany, as the Chancellor, from 1998 to 2005, has become a leading advocate for Putin’s regime in Europe. Schröder is currently the Chairman of Russian state-owned Rosneft, an energy company and Nord Stream 2 project.

Schröder with Putin

Despite facing calls to “immediately give up his offices and posts in Russia” over allegations of Russian involvement in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the former German Chancellor was not interested to listen. Leader of the Green Party Goering-Eckardt in 2020 told the Funke Mediengruppe media company that “Former SPD Chancellor Schröder must now decide whether he is on the side of democracy and human rights.”

Germany, which has strong business ties with Russia and China, faces a serious dilemma over short-term trades over core principles.

Meanwhile in the UK, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Sir Daniel Alexander is vice president and corporate secretary at China’s ‘Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’ (AIIB). He joined Xi Jinping’s ambitious project after losing his parliamentary seat in the May 2015 general election. It was reported that Danny Alexander was lobbying with the UK government to join the AIIB in 2019.

After becoming part of the Quad, the group of four acted as an inner cabinet: Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne (Conservative) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander (Liberal Democrats). They famously championed the so-called UK-China “golden-era” relationship during Cameron-Clegg’s coalition government. British police arrested two Tibetan activists and a Chinese dissident, and, later their houses were raided at midnight when the trio were still in police custody. They were simply staging peaceful protests in London during Xi Jinping’s famous UK State Visit in 2015 when he demanded to stay in Buckingham Palace.

As reported in The Independent at the time, Danny Alexander suggested that there was sometimes such a thing as the Treasury view: “George Osborne and I would find ourselves more in agreement with each other than with the other two.” When he was the Chancellor, George Osbourne made a controversial trip to China’s occupied Xinjiang (East Turkistan) to boost trade where the brutal Chinese regime was engaging forced labour and genocide of Uyghur Muslims.

For human rights campaigners, such acts of appeasement from western political and business leaders are not only uncalled for but perceived as seriously undermining core principles and values.

Authoritarian regimes eye up potential influential individuals who have served in the government, and their greed for money ploughs straight through principles and moral values. Time and again western core principles and values such as freedom, democracy and human rights are traded over short-term gains, personal, business and trade. Some western leaders play soulless cheap PR for Putin in Russia and Xi Jinping in China, which is a clear sign of approval for all the atrocities committed by these brutal regimes.

In his article titled, “Tibet in the Year of the Tiger“, Phuntsog Wangyal, a former Representative of the Dalai Lama, calls on the West to stand up for freedom and democracy. Referring to Mao’s description of America as “Paper Tiger”, Wangyal wrote, “The Year of the Tiger is an ideal time for the West to prove that they are real Tigers that could stand up against the Chinese Dragon or the Russian Bear to defend freedom and democracy”.

This is now a serious test for the West to decide to continue bedding with the brutal authoritarian regimes for short-term gains or stand up for their own core principles. Freedom, democracy and human rights are at real stake. The West must immediately stop pandering to the brutal regimes in Russia and China.

This Op-ed piece was published by Tibet Rights Collective on 9th June 2022. For original link, please click here.

Useful link:

Tibet Rights Collective: www.tibetrightscollective.in

Be Water. Be United. Third anniversary of 2019 Hong Kong protest to be held on 12th June

Thousands of Hongkongers and their supporters in the UK and around the world are gearing up for the 3rd anniversary of the 2019 Hong Kong protest this weekend.

Leading human rights advocates including Benedict Rogers, Luke de Pulford, Nathan Law, Finn Lau and Simon Cheng are to address the planned London Rally in Parliament Square on Sunday, 12th June from 3pm to 4.30pm. More protests are planned across the country including in Manchester and Liverpool.

According to the social media posting of Fight for Freedom, Stand With Hong Kong group, “The last three years changed the course of our lives.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 6.12 three years ago was the beginning of a chapter that re-defined what it means to be Hongkongers. It was the season of light, as the city was sparkle by the kindness and togetherness of the people; it was the season of darkness, as Hongkongers fought the brutal Chinese regime with bare hands; it was the summer of hope, it was the summer of discontent.”

Co-0rganised with other leading groups from Hong Kong, the post further reads: “We shall never forget why we started. The unconditional love for Hong Kong, the unyielding belief in freedom and democracy, the faith we have in our peoples, lay deep in our thoughts and minds.

“Three years on, some of us are in jail, some are in exile, but many, many freedom loving. Hongkongers are still in Hong Kong. By preserving the truth, we connect the past with future, we connect Hongkongers at home and abroad. We are not alone, we are all in this together.

“United we stand, be water we meet again.”

Date 日期: 12/6/2022 (Sunday)

Date 日期: 12/6/2022 (Sunday)

Time 時間: 15:00 – 16:30

Location 地點: Parliament Square 國會廣場

Co-organised by 合辦團體:

Democracy for Hong Kong – D4HK

Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.

港援 Hong Kong Aid UK

Hong Kong Assistance and Resettlement Community HKARC

Hongkongers in Britain 英國港僑協會

Hong Kong Liberty 攬炒團隊

This anniversary is being observed around the world. Details as below:

Oceania

🇦🇺Australia

▍O1: Adelaide

Time: 14:30-16:00 (local time)

Location: Rundle Mall

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/…/a.262146853…/5546600295372314

▍O2: Brisbane

Time: 16:30-18:00 (local time)

Location: Reddacliff Place, Brisbane

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/555718129272445

▍O3: Canberra

Time: 14:15-17:15 (local time)

Location: Room 9 Level 2, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge St, Canberra ACT 2600

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/…/a.286302674…/2034176290105894

▍O4: Melbourne

Time: 19:00-21:00 (local time)

Location: State Library, Victoria

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/…/a.1159411065…/748765113232411

▍O5: Perth

Time: 10:00-12:00, (11th June, local time)

Place: Murray Street Mall, Perth City

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=312909237695682&set=pcb.312770534376219

▍O6: Sydney

Time: 10:45-12:30 (local time)

Location: Palace, Norton St Cinema

Event Link: https://bit.ly/3GQvqDb

🇳🇿New Zealand

▍O7: Christchurch

Time: 11:00-14:00 (local time)

Location: Bridge of Remembrance, Christchurch

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/110604857006207/posts/924951845571500/?d=n

▍Asia

🇯🇵Japan

▍AS1: Tokyo

Time: 13:00 (local time)

Location: 神宮通公園

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/536899607891825

🇹🇼Taiwan

▍AS2: Taipei

Hiking with Flags and Small rally

Time: 14:45-15:30 (local time)

Location: Xiangshan Park 象山公園

Rally

Time: 16:30-18:00 (local time)

Location: Bank of China 中國銀行

Event link:

https://facebook.com/events/s/%E5%85%84%E5%BC%9F%E7%88%AC%E5%B1%B1-%E7%B9%BC%E7%BA%8C%E5%8A%AA%E5%8A%9B612%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E8%A1%8C%E5%8B%95%E6%97%97%E6%B5%B7%E9%81%8A%E8%A1%8C%E6%8A%97%E7%88%AD%E9%9B%86%E6%9C%83-%E5%A6%82%E6%B0%B4%E5%86%8D%E8%81%9A-/2282814961867808/

▍Europe

🇨🇿Czechia

▍E1: Prague

Exhibition

Time: 4 June to 8 July

Location: NGO Dei, Letohradská 10 17000 Prague 7

Event link:

https://www.facebook.com/…/a.117466540…/400578335344591/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1048526149120006/

🇩🇰Denmark

▍E2: Copenhagen

Screening Time: 16:30 (local time)

Location: Valby Kino, Gl. Jernbanevej 38-40, Valby, Denmark

Event link:

https://fb.me/e/38MimOOO1

🇩🇪Germany

▍E3: Berlin

Time: 10:00-17:00 (local time)

Location: House of the Democracy and Human Right

Event link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/268940746970952/permalink/1244104916121192

🇸🇪Sweden

▍E4: Stockholm

Exhibition Time:

11 June – 11:00-18:30 (local time)

12 June – 11:00-18:30 (local time)

Location: ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41 111 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/597202265108204

🇬🇧United Kingdom

▍E5: Birmingham

Exhibition Time:

11 June – 11:00-18:00

12 June – 11:00-18:00

Location: Pinsent Masons 1, Midlands Arts Centre, B12 9QH

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/…/pcb…/149705207604804/

▍E6: Bristol

Time: 12:00 (local time)

Location: College Green, Bristol

Event Link:

https://fb.me/e/2tQgGMD0c

▍E7: Cardiff

Time: 16:00 (local time)

Location: Senedd, Cardiff, CF99 1SN

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hongkongersyngnghaerdydd/permalink/266737592296167/

▍E8: Edinburgh

Time: 14:00-17:00 (local time)

Location: High Street near by St. Gile Cathedral, EH1 1 RE

Event Link: https://the3rdanniversaryhk612inedinburgh.weebly.com

▍E9: Exeter

Time: 14:00-16:00 (local time)

Location: Princesshay (High Street, outside H&M)

Event Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cebr_UmItpC/

▍E10: Leeds

Time: 11:30-15:00 (local time)

Location: 121 Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LX (outside Debenhams)

Event Link:

▍E11: Liverpool

Time: 15:00 (local time)

Location: Church Street, L1 3AY

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/107233848265654/posts

▍E12: London

Exhibition Time:

11 June – 12:00-21:00

12 June – 10:00-21:00

Location: Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Road, London, UK. E2 9EG

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1012813229623767

Rally Time: 15:00-16:30

Location: Parliament Square

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1075891276667629

▍E13: Manchester

Time: 15:47 (local time)

Location: St. Peter’s Square, M2 3AE

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/…/a.316906626…/512408910583395/

▍E14: Newcastle

Time: 13:00-14:30 (local time)

Location: Grey’s Monument, NE1 5AF

Event link:

▍E15: Nottingham

Time: 13:00-16:00 (local time)

Location: Old Market Square (NG1 2BS)

Event link:

▍E16: Reading

Time: 12:45-13:30

Location: Reading Town Hall Square

Event link:

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=384430833725998

▍E17: Sheffield

Time: 13:00-15:00 (local time)

Location: Fargate, Sheffield City Centre, UK

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/…/a.104449818…/159301453279857/

▍E18: Southampton

Time: 14:00-16:00 (local time)

Location: Cherbourg conference room, G/F, Novotel Southampton SO15 1RA

Event link:

https://www.facebook.com/…/a.114864010…/306185131727433/

▍Americas

🇨🇦Canada

▍AM1: Regina

Flash Mob/ Photo Op

For details, please contact “Saskatchewan stands with Hong Kong” (https://www.facebook.com/SKstandswithHK)

▍AM2: Vancouver

Time: 13:00 PST

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery (South & East Plaza)

Event link:

▍AM3: Halifax

Time: 13:00 PST

Location: Public Garden (Front Gate)

Event link: Pending

🇺🇸United States

▍AM4: Chicago

Time: 15:00-16:00 (local time)

Location: 100 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654-3704, United States

Event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/528639448918137

▍AM5: New York City

Time: 11 June to 19 June (local time)

Location: 345 Broome St, New York, NY 10013-4236, United States

Event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/407200397951609

▍AM6: Sacramento

Time: 14:00 (local time)

Location: Sacramento Capitol Mall

Event Link:

https://fb.me/e/1F8TXfAqe

▍AM7: San Diego

A. Street Stand

Time: 11 June (Sat) 16:30-18:30

Location: Balboa Park

B. Film Club

Time: 11 June (Sat) 21:00-23:00

Location: Presotea @Pacific Beach

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/534458978340703

▍AM8: San Francisco

Time: 14:00 (local time)

Location: Mission Dolores Park

Event Link:

https://fb.me/e/1L3qUWD4Z

▍AM9: Seattle

Time: 15:00-19:00 (local time)

Location: SIFF Film Center

Event link:

▍AM10: Washington DC

Time: 13:00-14:30 (local time)

Location: Lincoln Memorial

Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/…/a.123159715…/778227840213139/

“Chinese Communist Party is the real enemy of Democracy”, Tibetan rights activist told the Tiananmen Massacre London Rally

A Protester holding placard outside Chinese Embassy on 4th June 2022.

Thousands joined London rallies to mark the 33rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The Unite for Democracy” Rally started off in Whitehall, opposite 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister on Saturday, 4th June from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Prominent speakers including Benedict Rogers and Nathan Law addressed the rally. Organisers of this protest included Democracy for Hong Kong, Hong Kong Aid, Hong Kong Liberty, Fight for Freedom Stand with Hong Kong, Hong Kong Assistance and Resettlement Community and Hongkongers in Britain. Supported by Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities, Stop Uyghur Genocide, Free Tibet and World Uyghur Congress, this rally was co-organised with Support Ukraine and London Euromaidan PLAST.

This was followed by a further rally in Piccadilly Circus.

At 7.30pm the main June 4th Vigil Rally was held outside the Chinese Embassy. The vigil was first started by Dr. Stephen Ng MBE and his colleagues soon after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. This year’s vigil rally saw the biggest turnout ever since it was started 33 years ago.

Messages from Tiananmen Mothers were read at the rally outside the Chinese Embassy. Leading rights activists from various organisations also addressed the rally.

Below speech was given by Tsering Passang, Founder and Chairman of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities:

“Friends, I stand here today, opposite the Chinese Embassy in London, the terror cell of the CCP regime in the UK, to remind the international community, once again, that the Chinese regime has massacred hundreds of innocent young Chinese students 33 years ago, in June 1989.

Tanks and troops were sent to mercilessly kill young students who were simply engaging in a pro-democracy movement for the good of the whole Chinese population.

A model of Chinese Military Tank hit the street of London!

Some of you have experienced the brutal crackdown; some of your family members and friends have endured this heinous crime committed by the CCP authorities.

We do know that the barbaric acts committed by the Chinese Communist Party against its own people is nothing new though. Atrocities committed by the CCP over the past 100 years have amounted to over 20 million lives lost in China. Needless to mention the killing of Tibetans and Uyghurs in their homelands. The CCP was established through the power of bullets and guns.

This annual anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, started by very dedicated Chinese friends including Dr. Stephen Ng, in London, 33 years ago, has now become the world’s major pro-democracy protests hub to commemorate this poignant chapter in history after Beijing enforced Hong Kong National Security Law on 30th June 2021.

Like my friends from East Turkistan and China’s other occupied territories, taking part in today’s protest is a genuine show of our solidarity and support – from the people of Tibet – to our Chinese friends in mainland China, Hong Kong and around the world for your quest for freedom, justice and democracy.

My country, Tibet, too was illegally invaded by the People’s Republic of China after the CCP came to power in October 1949. Over 1 million Tibetans died as a direct result of China’s illegal occupation of Tibet. 

Today, Tibetans are facing repression; there are restrictions on the freedom of movement within Tibet and Tibetans cannot contact their families abroad. However, the CCP regime allows the Han Chinese nationals to travel freely across Tibet, which the Tibetans cannot do in their own homelands.

This past year, I have interacted with so many Chinese friends, many are from Hong Kong and mainland China. They express their solidarity and support with us by stating that Tibetans have suffered for so long under the CCP regime.

Friends, we have a common enemy – i.e. the CCP regime. This brutal regime took away our freedom, rights and human dignity.

Today, the China is not only a major colonial power in the world but it has proven that the current CCP regime is the real enemy of Democracy, Human Rights, Freedom, Justice and Equality.

Whilst the CCP regime continues to commit crimes against humanity, we in the free world must remind western political and business leaders who are proponents of the CCP regime that they must not forget their fundamental values and principles – the universal human rights – for short term gains by bedding with the Chinese authoritarian regime. 

Friends, this is our responsibility to tell the world and we must continue. 

Truth never dies. It will prevail. It has to prevail. We will secure our justice one day, one day soon. And, we must unite and challenge the CCP regime altogether – for Freedom, Justice, Human Rights and Democracy.”

Speeches by leading rights advocates:

Leading British Human Rights Advocate, Benedict Rogers, who is a Co-founder and CEO of Hong Kong Watch, addressed the rally in White Hall.

Nathan Law, Author and Leading Activist from Hong Kong Activist addressed the rally in Whitehall.

Tenzin Kunga, Advocacy Officer at Free Tibet, addressed the rally in Whitehall
Ma Jian addressing the rally outside the Chinese Embassy
Dr. Shao Jiang addressing the rally outside the Chinese Embassy

June 4th Forum “Whose June 4th: Hong Kong. China. Britain, The World?”

2022 六四論壇 「誰的六四:香港.中國.英國.世界」

89.6.4 ,一串沉重的數字 曾經,每年維園燭光晚會 公開悼念天安門事件死難者 承傳歷史真相及民主聲音

2020年國安法實施,維園燭光悼念不再 隨後,香港人漸散落異鄉 「六四」還可以怎樣走

5位來自不同年代的香港人,無畏無懼,再度發聲

2022六四論壇 「誰的六四:香港、中國、英國、世界」

主持:丘文俊(前沙田區議員)

嘉賓:吳呂南博士(民運人士) 黃偉國博士(香港政治及文化研究獨立學者) 楊穎宇博士(前考評局經理、歷史學者) 鄭家朗先生(前香港眾志副主席)

特別鳴謝: VIIV Band

#64 #六四 #天安門事件 #六四維園 #香港維園 #八九民運 #8964 #六四論壇 #城市論壇 #64論壇 #香港民主 #2022六四論壇

00:00 – Intro (Music by VIIV Band)

00:30 – 論壇主題及嘉賓介紹

1:50 – 歷史學者看「六四」

2:35 -「六四」對香港及中國的影響

4:11 – 1989-2019的「六四」發展

6:48 – 1989後才出生,「六四」真有其事?

7:55 – 倫敦「六四」30多年的堅持

10:11 – 最深刻的倫敦悼念

11:26 – 「六四」悼念,是別國的事?

14:18 – 國安法後,「六四」還可怎樣走

14:59 – 「六四」在香港及世界的變化

18:58 – 深刻的2020年維園「六四」

21:45 – 政權打壓催化思潮?

23:22 – 倫敦「六四」悼念也在變?

26:44 – 「六四」的身份認同

29:01 – 今年的倫敦「六四」活動

31:22 身處海外可如何傳承「六四」

32:38 如何從國際線看「六四」

34:31 「六四」悼念活動只是開始

36:12 如何從國際線看「六四」(續)

37:14 令「六四」成為建立多元文化契機

39:40 從「六四」理解社會運動的初心

41:11 香港的抗爭運動何去何從

46:26 嘉賓總結

Recalling Tibetan Gratitude on the occasion of HM The Queen’s 70th Platinum Jubilee

This Buddhist Sand Mandala was presented to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of HM’s Golden Jubilee celebration on 3rd June 2002 by Tibetans.

On the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we wish Her Majesty a very happy celebration, a good health and a long life. British public across the country are in full jubilation, thanks to her Majesty.

This week’s Platinum Jubilee also reminds me of the Golden Jubilee we celebrated exactly 20 years ago.

On 3rd June 2002, a delegation from Tibet Foundation presented a special gift, made from sand particles – the sacred Sand Mandala, to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of HM’s Golden Jubilee Celebration.

The symbolic gift from the Tibetans was received by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, at The Highgrove, Prince Charles’s residence.

The Tibetan delegation was led by Lama Doboom Tulku, former Private Secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who was also the Director of Delhi-based Tibet House at the time. Several Buddhist monks from Switzerland and India were also part of the Tibetan delegation. Phuntsog Wangyal (Founder and Chairman) was joined by his colleagues – Susan Burrows (Trustee), Karma Hardy (Manager) and Tsering Passang (Art & Culture Programme Manager) and David Hallowes.

The Tibet Foundation organised the two-week long Tibetan cultural events to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebration.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet sent a special message to Her Majesty The Queen via Tibet Foundation, which was delivered to HRH The Prince of Wales on 3rd June 2002. In his message, the Tibetan Spiritual Leader wrote:

“Due to the long-standing historical relations that exist between Britain and Tibet, the Tibetan people have always thought of Britain as a country with which they have a close connection. I myself have had great admiration for the British Royal family since I was a young boy in Tibet. I remember reading about them and seeing newsreels of various members of the family visiting and comforting people in war torn London.

Since 1959, many Tibetans have lived happily in the United Kingdom, enjoying freedom and success. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Her Majesty’s Government and the people of Britain for so generously giving Tibetans in Britain the chance to share in the country’s prosperity whilst allowing them to preserve their own identify and unique culture.

During my own visits to your country I have always been received with great affection by the British people. I have also had the honour of meeting with a few members of the Royal family. His Royal Highness Prince Charles has been deeply concerned over the tragic situation in Tibet and his support has been a source of much encouragement. I shall never forget my meeting Her Majesty the Late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1996. I was deeply impressed and inspired.”

Phuntsog Wangyal (left) founder of Tibet Foundation; Ven. Tenzin Phuntsog from Rikon Tibet Institute, Switzerland; HRH The Prince of Wales; Ven. Lama Doboom Tulku (right), former Private Secretary of HH The Dalai Lama and former Director of Tibet House, New Delhi; and Ven. Lobsang Monlam from Gyudme Monastery in south India, presenting the making of a sand mandala for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee on 3rd June 2002. The symbolic Buddhist Mandala gift was received by HRH The Prince of Wales on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at The Highgrove, countryside residence of Prince Charles.

(From the Archive: International Campaign for Tibet| May 31, 2002)

Dalai Lama deeply inspired by late British Queen Mother’s life

The Dalai Lama said that he was deeply impressed and inspired by the late Queen Mother of Britain and encouraged by the concern shown by Prince Charles over the situation in Tibet. This was part of the message the Dalai Lama sent to the London-based Tibet Foundation, which is organizing a series of programs from June 1 to 16, 2002, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, which falls this year.

The message said: “Due to the long-standing historical relations that exist between Britain and Tibet, the Tibetan people have always thought of Britain as a country with which they have a close connection. I myself have had great admiration for the British Royal family since I was a young boy in Tibet. I remember reading about them and seeing newsreels of various members of the family visiting and comforting people in war torn London.

“Since 1959, many Tibetans have lived happily in the United Kingdom, enjoying freedom and success. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Her Majesty’s Government and the people of Britain for so generously giving Tibetans in Britain the chance to share in the country’s prosperity whilst allowing them to preserve their own identify and unique culture.

“During my own visits to your country I have always been received with great affection by the British people. I have also had the honour of meeting with a few members of the Royal family. His Royal Highness Prince Charles has been deeply concerned over the tragic situation in Tibet and his support has been a source of much encouragement. I shall never forget my meeting Her Majesty the Late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1996. I was deeply impressed and inspired.”

The Dalai Lama offered his “prayers for the happiness, prosperity and long life of Her Majesty and her subjects in this Golden Jubilee Year.”

The Tibet Foundation’s programs include creation of sand mandalas butter sculptures, by visiting Tibetan monks from India and Switzerland, photo exhibition, films and lectures on Tibetan medicine, religion and culture. You can visit www.tibet-foundation.org for a detailed program.

International Campaign for Tibet – Dalai Lama deeply inspired by late British Queen Mother’s Life

Unite for Democracy: Joint Rally of Ukrainian & Hongkongers

To mark the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, major rallies will be held on 4th June this year in London and across Britain. Chinese democrats and their supporters will also observe this poignant anniversary in countries around the world. A day to remind the CCP regime that democracy should prevail for all the humanity.

It is safe to state that protest related to the Tiananmen Massacre anniversary will not be taking in China or Hong Kong or in other occupied territories this year after the Chinese regime in Beijing enforced the Hong Kong National Security Law on 30th June 2021. Scores of human rights activists from Hong Kong and other parts of China are still locked up in prisons due to their democracy activism.

Protest 1: In London, the “Unite for Democracy” Rally will be held in Whitehall, opposite 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister on Saturday, 4th June from 4pm to 5.30pm. Organisers of this rally include Democracy for Hong Kong, Hong Kong Aid, Hong Kong Liberty, Fight for Freedom Stand with Hong Kong, Hong Kong Assistance and Resettlement Community and Hongkongers in Britain.

Supported by Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities, Stop Uyghur Genocide, Free Tibet and World Uyghur Congress, this rally is co-organised with Support Ukraine and London Euromaidan PLAST.

Leading activists including author Nathan Law, Finn Lau, Simon Cheng, Benedict Rogers and Luke de Pulford will address the rally.

Please come to show your support for democracy and against the threat posed by China and Russia to human rights, the rule of law, freedom and democracy.

Protest 2: London Remembers June 4th – Candlelit Tiananmen Massacre

In the evening from 7.30pm to 10pm, there will be a Candlelit Vigil outside the Chinese Embassy in London (49-51 Portland Place London W1B 1JL) on 4th of June 2022. Last year’s Tiananmen Massacre anniversary in London drew the biggest protesters with speakers from different persecuted communities and their supporters since it started 33 years ago.

Speakers include: Isaac Chun Man (Hong Kong Demosisto), Nabila Khan (Amnesty International UK), Ben Rogers (Hong Kong Watch), Rahima Mahmut (Stop Uyghur Genocide), Representative from Ukrainian Community, Ma Jian (Nobel Peace Literature Nominee), Jabez Lam (Chinese Solidarity Campaign), Sean Cha (Democracy for Hong Kong), Tsering Passang (Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities), Pete Radcliff (Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong (UK)), John Molone (PCS Union), Vicky Blake (Union of UCU), Nick Weeden (Anti-Chinese Communist Party Alliance), Wing Tat Lee (Former Hong Kong Legislator) and Dr. Shao Jiang (Tiananmen Students Leader).

Please come to show your support for democracy and against the threat posed by Chinese Communist Party to human rights, the rule of law, freedom and democracy.

Link: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/countdown-china/london-remembers-june-4th-candlelit-vigiltiananmen-massacre-33-years?fbclid=IwAR1g0fsKHjMeT9BbdP6UX5gXImkPpiR3MObaafaFzw7f2bfS7CzZY9UtNhc