It’s that time of the year when delegates from all corners of the People’s Republic gather in Beijing for the “Two Sessions” (ie., the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) to
debate discuss important national issues and rubber-stamp pass new legislation.
It’s also that time of the year when the most troublesome dissidents and activists are placed under house arrest, and plainclothes
thugs guards from National Security are sent to watch over them 24/7 to ensure nobody disrupts the political circus going on up north in the capital.
Yesterday evening, Tibetan poet Tsering Woeser announced on Twitter that National Security guards had come for her (again), and later revealed that she had been effectively placed under house arrest (again).
We leave her to tell you what transpired in her own words…
The Prince Claus Awards Committee, in explaining why Woeser was given the award, writes:
“During the mass demonstrations against Chinese rule and violent crackdown in 2008, Woeser’s blogs became the main source of information for the world. Relaying details from her contacts in Tibet, she posted daily reports on the protests, human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings. Woeser has undergone house arrest and harassment, her websites have been closed down, her movements are restricted and her life under constant surveillance, but she continues to write about Tibet from inside China.
Woeser is honoured for her courage in speaking for those who are silenced and oppressed, for her compelling combination of literary quality and political reportage, for recording, articulating and supporting Tibetan culture, and for her active commitment to self-determination, freedom and development in Tibet.”