Actor/vegetarian/long time Tibet activist Richard Gere is urging the world to boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympics in response to China’s brutal attack on the recent Himalayan protest.
Gere, chairman of the International Campaign For Tibet was disgusted with the violent treatment of demonstrators who were protesting against Chinese rule in Tibet on Friday. So far it’s been reported that at least 10 people have been killed and numerous others badly injured.
Richard says, “In this situation if the Chinese do not act in the proper way, change their ways, acknowledge what is going on, allow free access to communication, then I think that absolutely we have to boycott. It would be unconscionable if we continued as if things are hunky dory and everyone’s happy. It’s impossible. Tibetans have been much marginalised in recent years, much more than before. And that’s why you see this pressure cooker effect in Tibet where religion has essentially been outlawed, where pictures of the Dalai Lama, who is essentially their Jesus Christ, are not allowed.”
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