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21 March 2008 @ 09:57 am
An internet protest that may actually have some effect....  
....unlike an ineffectual strike that loses it's potency when so many don't take part and when SUP have already started to sort things out.

Instead, why not direct your energies elsewhere? So concerned about censorship and repression of rights? China's a bloody good place to start then...

After decades of repression, Tibetans are crying out to the world for change. China's leaders are right now making a crucial choice between escalating brutality or dialogue that could determine the future of Tibet, and China.

We can affect this historic choice -- China does care about its international reputation. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get the government's attention. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called for restraint and dialogue: he needs the world's people to support him.

You can go here to sign the petition. In the last two days they've had nearly half a million signatures (and you don't have to fill in your post code or mobile number if you don't wish).

Now this is something worth protesting about.

EDIT: Or maybe this instead....Gurkhas, a loyal and hardworking part of the British army are being refused automatic citizenship and rights if they retired before 1997 as they were based in Hong Kong at the time. I have many of these families living near me and teach a lot of their kids. You will be unlikely to meet a nicer, respectful, more friendly bunch of people. They are exactly the sort of citizens we should be proud to have.

Don't agree with the decision? Think it is very sad that these men should be handing back their medals in protest and are threatening hunger strike if their voice isn't heard? Make your opinion known here.
 
 
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fififolle: Ladon disinclinedfififolle on March 22nd, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
Agreed. It's always best to do *something* when you feel strongly about something, sitting back and thinking you can't make a difference will achieve exactly that. We especially can support our own government in their efforts (or not) to effect changes around the world, and let them know when we don't like what they are doing.
How awesome are Gurkhas? I've always been in awe of them.