Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Methods to Annoy the Tibetan Peasants, No. 148

The Chinese government, always seeking new ways to glorify their deceased patriarch and plaster over the cracks in their social foundation, have decided to erect a statue in Tibet thanking themselves for invading Tibet over fifty years ago. And here some people think that the United States is efficient at annoying occupied populations.

From the article:

The 35-ton memorial is being built to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the former leader's death.

It is being erected in Gonggar County, near the Tibetan capital Lhasa, China's state-run news agency Xinhua said.

The statue will rise 7m from a 5m pedestal strengthened to withstand earthquakes. Mao Zedong ordered the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1950.

Ready for the outpouring of public affection? The Communist Party officials sure are:

"Many Tibetan people suggested we should have a statue of Chairman Mao to show our gratitude," a local Communist Party official told Xinhua.

Sure they did. "Please, Mr. Occupying Communist official, build us a statue of the great man who conquered our country and chased our spiritual leaders out of the country! Let us thank Mao for placing us under the heel of his boot!" The only people happy about Mao are the ones who were paid off by the Chinese.

Look at the statue and marvel at Chairman Mao, but try not to remember the Tibetan Uprising of 1959, the decision of the International Commission of Jurists to open up the possibility of refering to Chinese actions in China as genocide, the wholesale destruction of Buddhist temples and monasteries...the list just goes on, and on, and on.

I hope someone blows the statue to pieces.

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