Daily Sun reports that Tibetan singer Lhundrub Drakpa has been arbitrarily held in detention for over a year. He was arrested only two months after the release of his song ‘Black Hat’. Now Chinese authorities have sentenced Lhundrub to 6 years in prison for criticizing China’s policies in Tibet with his song.
Our colleagues in Freemusereport that in 2019 they witnessed “a clampdown on artists and other citizens who questioned Beijing’s dominant celebratory narrative”.
It has been almost 6 months now since people of Hong Kong started protesting their own government and its corrupt relationship with China. It started with an extradition bill in relation to China but now the protests continue against police violence and government corruption.
People have been hurt, people have died and a lot of people are angry. The anger is no wonder, when Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 from a colonizing, far away government (the UK), the island got a certain autonomy that included having their own currency, free press and speech, their unique culture and more.
This was to no liking to China. And so the relationship between the two has been intense ever since. Hong Kong are standing their ground because they want to keep their autonomy, their heritage and their values and be separate from the mainland behemoth that is China.
Music has played a big part in the recent protests in Hong Kong. People have chanted together, in the thousands, songs of democracy and unity. Hong Kong is different from China. People everywhere want to keep their freedom and just as people in China are oppressed Hong Kong citizens want to hold on to their democracy – and not become part of the authoritarian mainland.