Hungary Tibet supporters wave Tibetan flags and shout out for ‘Free Tibet’ during the visit of Chinese premier, Li Keqiang in Budapest for a regional summit. The Tibet supporters displayed the Tibetan flag in the route of the Chinese premier’s motorcade where numerous Chinese fans were waving Chinese flags while the motorcade was returning from the Budapest airport.
“One flag waver, who took his place near Deák tér in central Budapest, was apprehended by a half dozen police after he began waving a Tibetan flag as the Chinese premier’s convoy passed by. Tibor Hendrey, president of the Tibet Support Association Sambhala Tibet Center, was physically restrained by police and had the flag removed from his hands, after which he began to yell “Free Tibet!” at the motorcade.” said the report in Budapest Beacon.
On the following Monday, the Member of Parliament from LMP also a prospective candidate of the party’s face for the next Prime Minister of the country, Bernadett Szel spoke in the parliament holding the Tibetan flag. She criticized the government for prohibiting freedom of speech of the citizens from demonstrating for the Tibetan issue and concluded her speech by calling for Free Tibet.
Tibet supporters such as Hendrey and the Minister of Human Resources Zoltan Balog himself too have waved the Tibetan flags against the Chinese dignitaries in the past. Balog had announced at the press conference that Fidesz, then in opposition, along with other opposition parties had submitted a resolution to the National Assembly for “the Hungarian Parliament to call on the People’s Republic of China to uphold respect for internationally accepted human rights and for the end to the use of force” against the people of Tibet
The Chinese premier is on a three visit to the city for the regional summit where he will be meeting with the leaders of the Central and Eastern European countries. The talks will occur within the framework of both Hungary’s “Eastern Opening” economic strategy and China’s “New Silk Road” initiative of ports, railways and roads linking it with Africa and Europe according to the report.