MORE THAN 1,0000 TIBETAN PROTESTORS STILL 'MISSING'
I see that Amnesty International have reported that more than 1,000 Tibetans ‘detained’ during the March protests against the Chinese regime are still ‘missing’.
Amnesty say that there are reports that detainees have been beaten and deprived of food.
Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Director Sam Zarifi said the information coming out of Tibet painted "a dire picture of arbitrary detentions and abuse of detainees".
With foreign journalists still not allowed into Tibet, reports coming through friends and family members to the media and Tibetan organisations suggested that police had carried out hundreds of raids on monasteries, nunneries and private homes.
No doubt Christchurch Mayor Sideshow Bob Parker would say that this is yet another example of the media giving a ‘one-sided’ view of what’s happening in Tibet.
Speaking of things China, I have still have not a ruling from the Broadcasting Standards Authority about my complaint against local channel Canterbury Television for screening a particularly vile piece of Chinese propaganda against the Tibetan uprising. (see March 25 blog).
I lodged a complaint nearly three months ago!
Apparently things move slowly in the offices of the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
TUMEKE!, ME AND SIDESHOW BOB
The Tumeke blog, run by Martyn Bradbury (presently reading a confidential Corrections Department document), Tim Selwyn and Ben Thomas, recently compiled a list of the top one hundred New Zealand posts (based on various criteria).
This blog hasn’t been around that long so it ain’t in the top 100 as yet –well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
However it did get a special mention as a blog worthy of attention.
My recent reports on the adventures of Sideshow Bob Parker also got a mention. This is what Tumeke said:
I love how much he hates the Mayor of Christchurch, "Sideshow Bob", I hate him too now too. This blog will make you love to hate him. Not since the Michael Laws-watch blog has an obsessional fixation bordering on stalking been made into an art form.
I hate Sideshow Bob? He’s a right wing politician who call himself ‘independent’. He puts council rents up by twenty-four percent. He defends the murderous Chinese regime. He ponces around in a $100,000 Audi while a great many people are struggling to pay the power bill and buy the groceries. What’s not to hate?
But obsessed? No, of course not. Excuse me, while I stick another pin in my Bob Parker doll..