Tibet protests over China Olympics: hope for Diego Garcians by 2012?

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by Neil Godfrey

I wish the thought didn’t sound so fanciful, but if there can be such a world-wide clout against China over Tibet at the Olympics, can the people who were forcibly deported by the UK in the 1960s and 70’s find any hope for international support in their wish to be repatriated?

Or does a Creole speaking black African Chagossian ethnicity simply not compare with the image of serene Tibetan Buddhists and Shangri-La up there in nirvana-high mountains?

Or does an atavistic enemy of Chinese barbarians evoke more visceral response than anything that could possibly be done, however “misguidedly” and “undoubtedly well-intentioned”, by a white English speaking nation?

See the contrasting images in a Spiked-Online article by Brendon O’Neill:- example …..

The UK decided they had the power and therefore the right to deport the entire population (mirroring the population deportation practices that we first see practiced among the ancient Chaldeans, Assyrians and Persians and that were thought to be the modern day preserve of the Nazis and Soviets) of Diego Garcia.

Diego Garcia was then turned into a military base cum (torture?) prison for extraordinary rendition prisoners.

Much of the population of Diego Garcia, demonstrating human propensities we normally associate with whites (and non-Chinese Tibetans), still wants to return.

After the China Olympics it might be a good idea to turn attentions to requiring the UK government to make full amends for its perpetration of what was at the Nuremberg Trials declared a crime against humanity.

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  • wordwarrior
    2008-05-12 16:54:36 UTC - 16:54 | Permalink

    How hypocritical the West is in protest about freedom for Tibetans when its a country of its own which trangress against human rights as is the case of Britain’s wholesale of the Diego Garcia’s population to cold, dank, unfriendly and totally environmentally unsuitable for the natives; no-one, not a single protestor in sight, particularly the self-righteous and sanctimonious Super-Stars of Hollywoods bright lights.

    When it suits these “humanitarians” it is o.k. to make a protest. What hypocrites! Don’t the black Diego Garcians have rights also? What happen to that august body, the United Nations which guarantee human rights for all people?

  • 2008-05-12 17:44:50 UTC - 17:44 | Permalink

    You are right about how outrageous it all is. I sometimes think also that another and perhaps more positive way of looking at the protests is that they prove many people do take action when they are informed. They may not always be fully informed, and the media too often falls short of its responsibility. But the more of us who do become aware the more chance there is of more people helping give a bit more push to the issue, and the more one can hope . . . .???

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