Silent Solidarity for Tibet, and All the Voiceless Peoples of the World

Tibetan people and many of their supporters held prayer vigils and peaceful protests globally on February 8, 2012 to denounce the communist Chinese government’s continuous violent crackdown on peaceful protestors inside Tibet. Martial Law has been imposed despite over 18 desperate self-immolation cases for freedom and human rights.

Tibet remains repressed and isolated from the rest of the world as telephone and internet access are cut off. Independent journalists including those from CNN are barred from entering the restive Tibetan regions. Many supporters wear black mask to show their nonviolent support and solidarity for the voiceless people. May peace be with them and all beings!

Here you can see Thupten Tendhar, our visiting Buddhist Scholar, and the students of the URI PSY478 Nonviolence Training Course covering their mouths in solidarity with the Voiceless. For more photos from our Day of Solidarity, check out our Facebook album (accessible to non-Facebook users as well!)

Update: Our protest was featured in the Tibet Times! View the article (in Tibetan) in the Times by clicking here. Read the English translation below:

Sympathy for Tibetans (Published on 2012/02/17)

According to news received, more than 20 students and faculty members at the University of Rhode Island, RI, USA conducted nonviolent protest to support Freedom of Expression for every human being including Tibetans. The protest was organized and supported by the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies of the University of Rhode Island. The volunteer protestors from diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds covered their mouth to show heartfelt sympathy and solidarity with every human being who is deprived of Freedom of Expression, and particularly to support Tibetans inside Tibet who are undergoing tremendous suffering under prevailing emergency situation.

The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at URI was founded by Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. who was a valuable assistant to the famous U.S. Civil Rights Movements leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies is currently directed by Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, and it has been teaching and promoting great philosophy and principles of nonviolence for numerous students who attend URI from wide national and international communities. The Center also offers two weeks intensive training in nonviolence every year in June for people including students and teachers, clergy and security personals, lawyers and dignitaries, etc. The International Nonviolence Institute is aimed at developing our human societies with harmony, equality, justice, and freedom.

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