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Every year, in the days leading up to June 4th, Chinese authorities have consistently banned the words ‘Tiananmen’ and ‘June 4′ – a place and a date. But this time around, the Chinese government has outdone itself. It went further, banning neutral words such as ‘square,’ and the numbers 6, 4, and 89. Not to mention images of candles.

When a government feels so existentially threatened by mere numbers, shapes and images, it has fundamentally lost its power and legitimacy. The Chinese authorities have gone nuts. And why shouldn’t they?

From Tunisia to Egypt to Burma, dictators are losing and democracy is gaining. This net growth in freedom worldwide is the most reliable indicator of where China too is headed. The more freedom grows around the world, the harder it gets for the remaining dictatorships and the leftover tyrants to survive.

That’s why Beijing is cracking down on its netizens, activists, and innocent citizens. That’s why it is escalating its repression in Tibet and East Turkestan. That’s why China’s internal security budget has surpassed its national defense budget. Like a wounded and dying tiger, it is making one last lunge for survival.

But if history holds any lesson, then the Chinese government’s days are numbered. The Chinese regime’s repressive streak – arresting people for the smallest of crimes, shooting at monks who are already burning, banning words and dates and even numbers – is reminiscent of the way the Soviet Union behaved in its final years, the way Milosevic behaved in his final months, and the way Mubarak and Ben Ali behaved in their final weeks.

This is the ultimate sign that the Chinese government has already been struck down in the great battle with freedom and democracy. It has no power, only the apparatus of power; it has no legitimacy, only the facade of legitimacy. Thus, it is only a matter of time before democracy comes to China, before freedom comes to Tibet.

(posted by Tendor on SFT's blog - June 5, 2012)

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Comment by Christopher Stewart on June 18, 2012 at 1:55pm


thanks for your contributions, Genevieve and Juno ! ✩

Persist until Freedom ! Svaha ! ♥

Comment by Juno on June 17, 2012 at 9:44pm

Great post Tendor la.  I tend to agree with you.  Why would a government spend so much energy suppressing the most banal of things if they weren't concerned?

Free Tibet!

Comment by Genevieve Auter.Duret on June 16, 2012 at 10:19pm

Yessssss !

What a good way to see the future with our present !

May Peace Prevail on Earth

Thank you Christopher, I am very gratefull

Comment by Christopher Stewart on June 16, 2012 at 4:18pm

all the friends of freedom
hoping for more justice
a new kind of kingdom
with no king nor malice
cannot they realize
that it is in their hand
that they must strive to rise
to reach the promised land

in judging wrong and right
and punishing the foes
among themselves they fight
of conflict in the throes
how hours are wasted
in wars horizontal
prizes never tasted
efforts detrimental

love is the only choice
upward the only road
finding our own voice
yet partaking the load
we're bound by objective
endeavour vertical
together supportive
attain the pinnacle


thanks to all for your contributions ! Tibetans will be Free ! Svaha ! ♥

Comment by Lisa Brandt on June 15, 2012 at 3:17pm

Peter is so right!  How many of us who support Tibet make a conscious effort to help reduce China's economic power, which is what gives the Chinese governemnt the arrogance to think it can do whatever it wants?  No one can be totally "China-free" in their consumption, but it helps to maintain constant vigilance in one's buying.  One small example:  I buy my cat toys from a small web site that identifies US-made tays (, rather than in stores that sell mostly Chinese made toys.  (That sideways picture of me shows me holding a Buddhist temple cat in Cambodia.  I hope my rescued cats have almost as auspicious an environment for a good rebirth!

I always appreciate the positive attitude shown by Christopher and by this site in general.  I too believe that things will change, maybe in ways we cannot yet understand.

May all things be auspicious!


Comment by LATEUR LACROIX on June 15, 2012 at 2:32pm

We have to be constant and to met our faith grow again and again. So let's do it !

Compassion, Love and Peace for all Beings.

Comment by June Buchan on June 15, 2012 at 11:21am

I so hope you are right.

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