The Tibetan is flying at town halls in nearly 750 hundred Czech
municipalities to mark the 60th anniversary of the country’s uprising
against Chinese occupation.
Protests are also scheduled outside the embassy of the Communist country on Sunday afternoon.
Since the end of communism in 1989, many Czechs have marked 10 March, the day when the Chinese crushed an uprising in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, in a show of support for Tibetan independence.
In 1996, when the "Flag for Tibet" initiative first started here, four Czech city and town halls flew Tibet's flag.
After a four-year break, Prague City Hall will once again join the Flags for Tibet initiative, expressing support for Tibetan independence. On Wednesday Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib is also set to meet with the head of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, who is in the Czech capital to attend the One World Documentary Film Festival.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib has announced that he is scheduled to meet with
the head of the Tibetan government in exile Lobsang Sangay, who will be in
the Czech capital to attend the opening of the One World International
Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. The meeting will take place on
Prague City Hall will also for the first time take part in the Flags for Tibet initiative, expressing support for Tibetan independence. Tibetan flags will be hoisted on two of Prague City Hall's buildings from March 8 to 11.
More than sixty years after its premiere, a unique Czech documentary from Tibet, made in the early 1950s, returns to Czech cinemas on Tuesday. Called Cesta vede do Tibetu or the Road leads to Tibet, the film had won several awards before being banned by the Communist authorities. Today it brings a unique testimony of places that have long been destroyed by the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
The head of the Tibetan government in exile Lobsang Sangay has warned that
either the democratic world will change China or China will change the
The Tibetan prime minister in exile said at the Forum 2,000 conference in Prague that China had no interest in introducing democratic reforms and used business interests to make inroads into Europe and win support from some of its leaders.
He said US President Donald Trump recognized this and praised his tough line against the Chinese leadership.
Lobsang Sangay said China presented a worse threat to Europe than Russia.
Europe now faces a crucial decision –either to stand with the US and try to reform China or see China slowly gain control of parts of Europe, the Tibetan leader in exile concluded.
Prague’s Municipal Court has ruled that a police intervention in which
officers removed a Tibetan and a Taiwanese flag from two men during a visit
to the city by the Chinese president was unlawful. The two had taken the
case against the police force. In a binding verdict, the court ruled on
Tuesday that the police had only been justified in checking the identity
documents of the plaintiffs. An internal police review had previously
decided that the confiscation of the flags had been legitimate.
The incident took place during a visit to Prague early last year by Xi Jinping. There were clashes between protestors and supporters of the Chinese president while he was in the city and Chinese flags were erected on flagpoles on the road to the airport and near Prague Castle.
The Czech NGO Brontosauri v Himalájích has been helping the village of Mulbekh, in Little Tibet, for ten years now. Attention is focused around the local primary school which has grown from strength to strength. Czech volunteers are engaged in a wide variety of activities, the latest project being to teach the children of Mulbekh to play hockey. I spoke to Jiří Sázel from the NGO about how he has helped the children of Mulbekh and what he has gained in return.
The Supreme State Attorney, Pavel Zeman, has challenged earlier court rulings which called for criminal proceedings to be discontinued against two Chinese nationals who grabbed Tibetan flags and threw them into the Vltava river during protests during the Prague visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping early last year. Two Prague courts earlier said that the criminal cases be dropped because of the low material value of the flags. Zeman though has challenged those decisions, arguing that it is not the cost of the flags that is the main issue but the intentions of the defendants in their alleged actions against legitimate protesters. The state visit was marked by a series of clashes with heavy handed Czech police action against Chinese policy and human rights protesters also coming under fire.
Over 700 town halls and hundreds of schools and institutions around the Czech Republic have joined the Flag for Tibet initiative expressing support for Tibetan independence. The Flag for Tibet initiative traditionally takes place on March 10th marking the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising in Lhasa which was brutally suppressed by the Chinese regime. The event is traditionally accompanied by lectures, film screenings and exhibitions documenting Tibetan history and culture.
China’s ambassador to Prague was called on Thursday the circumstances surrounding Beijing’s last minute ban on agriculture minister Marian Jurečka heading a delegation to the country. The ambassador met with deputy foreign affairs minister Martin Tlapa where the subject was raised. The meeting had been scheduled previously. Christian Democrat Jurečka has been an outspoken backer of party colleague and culture minister Daniel Herman in a recent row over the circumstances of his meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The Czech agriculture delegation was part of an agreed programme aimed at cutting China’s massive trade surplus with the Czech Republic. Deputy minister Tlapa said after the meeting that the ambassador could not give reasons for the ban and apparently did not know them. Attempts will be made to fix future dates for Jurečka's visit.