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Large Numbers Cannot Fool People

By Dr Tien Manh Nguyen
May 11, 2008

Pro-Tibet protesters display the Tibetan flag outside Parliament House during the Beijing 2008 Olympic torch relay through Canberra on April 24. (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Tibet protesters display the Tibetan flag outside Parliament House during the Beijing 2008 Olympic torch relay through Canberra on April 24. (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)


By organising bus loads of Chinese students to Canberra to cheer the Olympic Torch on 24 April, the Chinese Government was trying to shift the world's attention from the human rights abuse in Tibet and the plight of the Tibetans to "Chinese patriotism".

But no matter how large the number of Chinese supporters turning up during the Torch relay is, it cannot erase the fact that China continues to deny the Tibetans of their rights to religious freedom, and that Tibet has been facing cultural extinction under Chinese domination. And China's expansionism, as evidenced by the recent occupation of Vietnam's Spratly and Paracel islands in the South Sea, continues to threaten peace and stability in the region.

Dr Tien Manh Nguyen
President Vietnamese Community in Australia

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Opinion Piece by Dr C.T.Bui OAM.

The Olympic torch has arrived in Australia and has left without any significant incident. We, as Australians are proud of the competence of our security system.

Living in a free and democratic country, everybody should have the right to express their points of view particularly when they have to speak out on behalf of their oppressed people. These law-abiding citizens also have the right to decide how, when and where they want to disclose their beliefs.

The Tibetans protest asking for a stop killing, an improvement of Human Rights in Tibet. The Vietnamese want to raise public awareness about the Chinese annexation of territories in recent years, namely the Spratly and Paracel islands of Vietnam and recently assimilating these islands with the shameful agreement of the Hanoi communist regime.

But when asking THOUSANDS of Chinese Australians to rally and defend the Olympic torch, Zhang Zhuning, chairman of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Canberra, called the Tibetan monks as "splittists", "scum" and "running dogs" and the Vietnamese as "paid" thugs. Does he have the right to use these words? I wonder.

Dr C.T.Bui OAM
President Vietnamese Community in Australia Qld Chapter
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