Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu speaks out forcefully for Tibet

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Desmond Tutu today sharply criticised the South African ANC government for bowing to Chinese pressure and failing to support Tibetans who are "viciously oppressed by the Chinese".

Mr Tutu criticised his government for dragging its feet over granting a visa for the Dalai Lama to visit South Africa for the occasion of Mr Tutu's 80th birthday celebrations. The delays in issuing the visa, believed by critics of the government including Mr Tutu to have been as a result of Chinese government pressure, have led to the Dalai Lama cancelling his visit to South Africa. China is South Africa's largest export market and has just agreed a £1.6 billion investment programme with South Africa.