Courageous wife of imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker visits SF Chinese Consulate
(San Francisco) At a time when self-immolations are happening with increasing frequency in Tibet, another form of personal protest action is taking place in the US. This week on April 23, 24 & 25, a Tibetan woman, Lhamo Tso, completes her tour of California organized by the Bay Area-based Committee of 100 for Tibet. She is building awareness of the case of her husband, filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, currently serving 6 years in Xichuan Labour Camp in China, and to campaign for his release.
Dhondup Wangchen was detained shortly after completing filming for a documentary called "Leaving Fear Behind". His film portraying the actual living conditions in occupied Tibet and featuring interviews with Tibetans talking about the situation in Tibet, was shot secretly and smuggled out of the country in March, 2008 just days before mass demonstrations erupted around the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. In Dhondup Wangchen's own words: "At a time of great difficulty and a feeling of helplessness, [the idea of our film is to] get some meaningful response and results. It is very difficult [for Tibetans] to go to Beijing and speak out there. So that is why we decided to show the real feelings of Tibetans inside Tibet through this film."
On 28 December 2009, Dhondup Wangchen was sentenced to six year's imprisonment for "subversion", following a secret trial in Xining. His family believes he has been tortured while imprisoned, and that he has contracted Hepatitis B and his health is failing. His wife, Lhamo Tso, is living under hard conditions since she escaped to India and has had to support not only her four children, but also the parents of her husband. This is her first visit to the US.
Today Lhamo Tso will be at the Rally to Free the Panchen Lama, Dhondup Wangchen, & All Tibetan Political Prisoners.
Wednesday, April 25 Rally to Free the Panchen Lama, Dhondup Wangchen, & All Tibetan Political Prisoners
WHAT: Protest and delivery of letters and petitions calling for the immediate release of the Panchen Lama, Dhondup Wangchen, and all Tibetan political prisoners
WHEN: Wednesday April 25th 1:30pm
WHERE: Chinese Consulate (1450 Laguna Street, SF, 94115)
The Tibetan Association of Northern California will also hold a candlelight vigil on April 25 evening at 7 PM at the downtown Berkeley BART station on Shattuck.
Please take action to release the Panchen Lama with the link http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5380/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6462
Send a message to President Hu Jintao of China to release Dhondup Wangchen at this link: http://www.filmingfortibet.org/take-action/
Help Free Tibetan politicall prisoners of consceince here: http://freetibetanheroes.org/