Tibetan activists protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping in Budapest

Tibetan activists protested against Chinese President Xi Jinping, during his visit to Budapest, Hungary, on May 9, 2024. (Photo:SFT)

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Budapest – Tibetan activists protested against the Chinese President Xi Jinping when he arrived in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, on Thursday. The Tibetan activists and their allies were violently attacked and their banner torn in two by supporters of the Chinese government, but the Hungarian police refused to take any action against them, and instead chose to move the Tibetan protesters.

Tibetan activists from Students for a Free Tibet and European Tibetan activists from the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe protested against Chinese President Xi Jinping, during his visit to Budapest, Hungary, on May 9, 2024, for his repressive policies in Tibet, the destruction of the environment, the violation of human rights including freedom of religion and expression, the arrest of Tibetans who have expressed their own views and the attempt to protect the Tibetan language and religion, turning Tibet into an open-air prison in the world.

On May 9, 2024, Chinese members of the pro-Chinese government present to welcome Xi Jinping and Tibetan activists who had come to protest against Xi Jinping had an accident near a bridge in Budapest, and the Chinese tore the Tibetan activists' banner in two and violently attacked the Tibetan activists. But the Hungarian police allowed them to continue unfurling their flags and remain in place. The police treated the peaceful Tibetan demonstrators as criminals and removed the Tibetan activists from the square. Tibetan activist Chemi Lhamo asked: ‘Is this Hungary? Is this a free country?

After being removed from the site by Hungarian police, the Tibetan activists wrote: "Freedom of expression is supposed to protect the right to peacefully express one's opinion, whatever it may be. The conclusion is clear: when China exports its electric vehicles and solar panels to Europe, it is also exporting its authoritarian practices."

The Tibetan activists wrote: "Despite heavy police repression and Chinese intimidation, we are here in Budapest to fight CCP propaganda. Whether they like it or not, we are forcing Xi Jinping to see our message: FreeTibet. Let the world see the truth: Tibetans will never be silenced, Tibet will be free."

"Today, we send a clear message to Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party: wherever you go, whatever you do, Tibet will never be silenced and the world will know the truth about genocidal oppression in China,’ they added.